May
12

Game 36: Royal Sweep

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Even though they’ve won 21 of their last 30 games, the Yankees have yet to sweep a three-game series this year. That comes with a big asterisk though, remember they did sweep the Blue Jays in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium late last month. They’ve won the first two games of this series in Kansas City and have arguably their best pitcher on the mound going for their fifth straight win overall this afternoon. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Ervin Santana…

  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 2005 Best Nine Award winner in Nippon Pro Baseball, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. That award is given annually the best player at each position.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 2:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Mariano Rivera-Joba Chamberlain Spat: As you’ve probably heard, Mo and Joba had a little verbal spat in the dugout prior to yesterday’s game. Sweeny Murti says they kissed and made up afterwards. The only real mistake here was letting it happen in public. No big deal.

Real Joba News: Chamberlain (oblique) felt fine after throwing a bullpen session this morning. He’ll make a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday. The team will see how he feels about that, but it’s possible he’ll be activated off the DL as soon as Thursday.

Ivan Nova Update: Nova (triceps) felt something in his side playing catch either yesterday or today, so he has been ruled out for tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Indians. Joe Girardi confirmed he would have been activated off the DL to start the second game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Bo Knows

    Considering the yankees luck with injuries, is it safe to assume Nova will be out for the next 3 months which we will then find out he needs TJ?

    (I’m only kidding…..partly)

  • trr

    No more of the “I” word!
    Let’s sweep this thing!

  • jjyank

    I suggest that nobody read the comments (is that what they’re even called? I don’t do twitter) on that Sweeny Murti link. A lot more Joba hate than I expected for what I consider an incredibly minor incident.

    Anyway, I have to go to work now. Yay weird hours. Go Yanks. Do it for Prussia.

    • Travis L.

      One of these days, you’re going to have to explain the Prussia thing to me! Go Yanks!

      • jjyank

        Ask Havok. He started it all.

      • Dalek Jeter
      • Alkaline2.0

        I asked once. Prussia was historically badass in the 1800s and Havok made comparisons to this current team. They’ve done well so far with the mentioning of Prussia, so the meme has stuck.

        Something I love on here is how not only are there are quite a few History buffs on here but also a diverse focus on various time periods.

        • forensic

          They’ve done well so far with the mentioning of Prussia, so the meme has stuck.

          They actually lost a bunch after starting it including that Oakland series, but alas it has continued anyway…

          • Alkaline2.0

            What’s their record since it started overall? To me, being 21-9 is doing well.

            • forensic

              It hasn’t been that long. It started shortly before the Oakland series I believe. And their record is probably ok not since they’ve played well in these 2 series.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The world’s saddest trombone.

            • forensic

              Sorry…

    • BigLoving

      I’m a big Joba fan but what he did with Mo was absolute bullshit on so many levels. Respect what Rivera was conducting the interview for, respect Rivera for being the greatest closer of all time, respect Rivera for being one of the most influential names in the clubs history and respect your elders dammit.

      • jjyank

        And I think you (and many others) are overreacting. The word “bullshit” to me is reserved for something other than things involving the word “hush”. It’s no big deal.

        • Alkaline2.0

          I agree. To me it was a non-issue. It seemed Mo was just busting Joba’s chops when Joba wasn’t in a good mood. I’ve been on both ends with close friends numerous times; I’ll be shocked if someone here hasn’t experienced something similar.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            Yep we have all been on both ends or have seen it up close.

      • Dalek Jeter

        As much as it doesn’t seam it to us, we have to remember that from an “employee” standpoint, Joba and Mo are equals. I’m sure Joba respects Mo for being the best ever at what Joba himself does, but at the same time they’re both grown men doing the same profession. If my coworker shushed me when I felt it was unwarranted and I had worked w/ them for a handful of years, I’d probably say the same thing. Being “shushed” is disrespectful, and I’d feel like I was treated like a child if another grown man shushed me.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I think Joba has a lot of growing up to do. He’s done plenty of immature things in the past, from chest-thumping to driving drunk. He has a pretty bad reputation around the league, and it’s hard to say it’s unwarranted.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            Chest thumping???

            • WhittakerWalt

              I’m not a fan of such antics. Unless your question was asking for examples.

              • The Big City of Dreams

                I don’t see any harm in it. Baseball like any other sport is a game of emotion.

          • Get Phelps Up

            What’s so bad about the chest thumping?

            • The Big City of Dreams

              It’s baseball and ppl don’t like the over the top emotion that some players show. Yes some guys go overboard like Chapman flipping but in sports you’re going to have players get excited. Some of the same fans that don’t like it sometimes turn around and say the team is so boring no one shows emotion.

              One of the things I hated is when Yankee fans wanted Joba to act like Mo after finishing an inning. Why?? Joba is not Mo everyone approaches it differently. Mo gets the save and is calm while Joba is a burst of energy. Both guys have their personalities so why the big need for one guy to be someone else. After ppl always complaining player X tries to hard to be this guy.

              • WhittakerWalt

                I remember a game in ’08 against the Indians. Joba gave up a huge go-ahead homer to David Dellucci. Lost them the game. Then the next day Joba’s brought in on a non-crucial spot and strikes out Dellucci. This time he pounds the chest. Irritating. He couldn’t do it in the big spot, but feels no shame in crowing the next time?
                I know it’s probably just a generational thing. I accept that. I’m old. But I don’t like it.

                • The Big City of Dreams

                  But it goes both ways there have been moments when it’s in a big spot and doesn’t do it. I maybe wrong but I don’t think he does it anymore since so many fans had a problem with it yrs ago.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I’m not saying he doesn’t, he can be immature, but I’m putting myself in his shoes, regardless of who is “shushing” me, as a relatively successful 27 year old I’d probably react the same. Especially if I was having a shitty day.

            • Bo Knows

              and the more experienced veteran, has every right to tear him a new one and put him in his place, but that’s not Mo’s personality. While its true they are technically “equals” they aren’t even in the same plane of existence in terms of importance, respect or skill. Joba should have shown more respect than saying “Don’t ever shush me” my entire feeling on the matter is he hasn’t earned that right to talk to any veteran Yankee, let alone a HOF and a G.O.A.T such as Mariano Rivera like that.

              It would be one thing if Mo, swore or something but Joba acting all high and mighty when he honestly hasn’t done much of anything annoys me more than anything.

      • Betty Lizard

        Oh baloney. Rivera was in the dugout with the press. He wasn’t with the family who’d lost a child. There’s no expectation of quiet in the dugout and if he wanted quiet he could go in the clubhouse or the press room.

        Respect goes both ways. Rivera shouldn’t have called out Joba to the press. And he shouldn’t shush anyone not his child.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Basically what Betty said. Just because Mo is Mo and Joba is Joba doesn’t mean that Mo can’t do anything wrong.

    • Pat D

      Mo is God and Joba is not God.

      Why did you expect anything different?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      A lot more Joba hate than I expected for

      ———————————-

      Not unexpected given who is involved…Mo and Joba. Plus it happened in front of the media and many fans are sick of Joba. I agree with you it’s a minor incident but it’s being made into a big thing. It’s not like they fought and throw things at each other.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Just clicked on the first link about the “verbal spat,” do Yankee fans really hate Joba that much?! I mean they were taking shots at Joba the person just as much, if not more, as they were taking shots at Joba the pitcher.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Just clicked on the first link about the “verbal spat,” do Yankee fans really hate Joba that much?!

      —————-

      Yes there are fans that hate him.

      Fat
      Slob
      Get off the team for disrespecting Mo
      Loser
      Bum
      A waste
      Just like his mom.

      I think the dislike is based on him being a hot topic but never living up to his ceiling.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Wow…stay classy that last guy…

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Yea of all days to bring someone’s mother into it.

          • trr

            Not to worry, Joba will be gone soon enough.

            And now, back to the game

  • Eddard

    They’re sending their most consistent pitcher to the mound to complete the sweep. I like sticking with the exact same lineup since it’s been working well on this road trip.

  • Eddard

    Joba did come out of that spat looking childish, but it sounds like he bent the knee to Mariano and all is good again. Joba is young and needs to learn respect so this is just a learning opportunity for him.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Way to make Santana work, Gardner *rolls eyes*

    • WhittakerWalt

      Swinging at the first pitch is what our leadoff hitters do. Jeter’s made it a cottage industry.
      Of course, if Gardner had the track record of Derek Jeter it would be more understandable.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow, according to Gameday this strikezone is a postage stamp.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      This is Laz Diaz, what do you expect, a respectable strike zone?

  • Wheels

    The baseballs even have pink stitching today.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ha, that’s actually pretty cool…even though I think that would make it harder to pick up spin on a bright day like today.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Guys…this strike zone is fucking miniscule. Take a god damned pitch.

  • forensic

    I hate inane comments like this usually, but geez, day game after 2 night games, won the first two games of the series, and others…

    Girardi must hate Romine.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I’m assuming Romine has to start one of the games tomorrow.
      Joe didn’t want to risk the damage inflicted by playing Romine back to back days.

      • forensic

        He’ll certainly start the Phelps start tomorrow.

        I can only assume he’d destroy the space-time continuum by putting him with any other pitcher…

    • Dalek Jeter

      I remember joking about this last year about Pierce or McGhee, so time to bring it back: Romine must have killed Girardi’s dog while banging his daughter or wife.

      In my head he hits the dog while getting road head from the daughter.

      • forensic

        His daughters are 14 and 6. Please tell me you meant to say his wife instead…

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          My thoughts exactly

        • Dalek Jeter

          I didn’t do any research, haha…let’s go with wife!!

      • WhittakerWalt

        According to Greg, Romine hasn’t earned a start because he’s done nothing in 6 major league ABs.

  • Eddard

    I’d love for Romine to get a chance but the veteran starters clearly prefer to throw to Stewart. That’s why Romine only catches Phelps. And that’s just fine. Backups usually play 1/5 games anyway. What the veteran starters want, they get, that’s why Russell Martin is a Pirate.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Then why was Russell Martin a Yankee last season?

  • Dalek Jeter

    There is no way Jayson Nix has played every game, Suzyn.

    I mean at the beginning of the season we had Nunie and Youk starting.

    Also, Mitchell is being called up, John.

    These guys need to do their research.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Marshall I feel like an ass.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Mitchell?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Yeah I meant Marshall…I’m an ass.

  • nycsportzfan

    God, Nelson K’s a ton. Stewy with a base knock.

  • nycsportzfan

    ROBBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SDB

    Cano swings for Prussia. Nice.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ROBBIE!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    that swing, so beautiful

  • Wheels

    Dontcha know!!!

  • Eddard

    ROBBIE! They’re really jumping on Santana’s 1st pitch today. Must be the gameplan. Hiroki might not give up another with the way he’s going so that’s a big HR.

  • forensic

    Nice Cano!

  • SDB

    Wells is also swinging for Prussia!

  • Dalek Jeter

    BACK TO BACK!!! AND A BELLY TO BELLY!!!!!

    • forensic

      sorry, I forgot the ‘a’…

  • forensic

    Back to back, and Belly to belly!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wells on fire on this road trip, damn.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    toomanyhomeruns

  • Wheels

    Back 2 back!

  • nycsportzfan

    BACK TO BACK JACKS!!!!! CANO AND WELLSY!!!! BRONX IS BURNING!!! YANKS GO BACK TO BACK AND A BELLY TO BELLY!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wells!!

  • forensic

    I want 3 in a row…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man this Yankee team is fun to watch.

    Easier to watch when you’re not expecting much from most of these guys.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I think that’s it…I mean I personally was expecting the team to be struggling but at .500 right now. This is definitely better.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Yep just waiting for the injured players to come back.

        As far as I am concerned, Jeter A-Rod and the others can take their time.

  • nycsportzfan

    Red Cocks getting beat 3-0 as well. Setting up to be a nice day, possibly..

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yeah Pronk!!! Keep it coming!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    wtp

  • Wheels

    The Bronx Bombers.

  • forensic

    A double Hafner? You’re off the team!

    • Get Phelps Up

      Overpaid choker?

  • JonS

    So who sits for Granderson, Garder or Ichiro?

  • nycsportzfan

    Pronks swing is as sweet as candy..

  • nycsportzfan

    Victorino just got fudged up trying to rob a HR by Melky.. He looks like hes hurt pretty badly.. Jays up 5-0 now..

    • JonS

      Damn, never want to hear something like that.

    • nycsportzfan

      nevermind, Victorino’s up now and OK.. THey say he just knocked wind outta him. It looked pretty ugly though. Still, there down 5-0.

      • SDB

        Good to hear Victorino’s OK.

        Equally good to hear that Dumpster’s getting knocked around.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Cy Dempster getting hit pretty hard.

      • nycsportzfan

        I’m glad we never went after Cy Dempster. I never trusted him.

    • forensic

      Checking out the Jays box scores lately, I’ve noticed that Gibbons has been doing the same as Girardi, batting Bautista (his typical, and should-be 3rd hitters, in my opinion) 2nd in his lineup.

      Desperation must be taking hold north of the border…

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Not a believer in lineup simulations then, eh?

        • forensic

          Not to that point, no. I want my best batting 3rd. I’d almost prefer 4th to 2nd. According to the numbers I’ve seen, there are more runners on base for those lineup spots than 2nd and that’s when I want them up.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Your 3rd, 6th, and 9th hitter are also the most likely to be up with nobody on and 2 outs.

            • forensic

              Whether or not that’s true, it doesn’t change my opinion. There are a lot more outs made in baseball than hits/reaching base. I still want them where there are more baserunners.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hate bemoaning small things…but Ichiro would’ve walked at least 2 pitches ago if he didn’t just swing at everything.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You don’t walk off the island of Japan?

  • Arnav

    The O’s are all over Diamond.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This strikezone has my mystified.

  • nycsportzfan

    We haven’t swept the Royals in KC since 2007. Who’d of thought a team with as many injuries as this yanks team would possibly be the team to do the deed? Baseball is a funny game..

  • Brian S.

    Can someone link me to the Joba-hate article?

    • Dalek Jeter

      The article isn’t Joba Hate, the comments are, and I read the first one linked in the article…it’s right below the starting 9.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Comment sections everywhere are filled with hate. That’s just how it goes.
        I don’t hate Joba, I just get annoyed with his attitude sometimes. I still want him to do well for us.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Ours isn’t? Except for those who deserve it… *glares at Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart*

          • WhittakerWalt

            Haha, our comment section actually has standards. Yahoo and CNN comment sections are the worst. People just brazenly call the president a “monkey” on those threads.

  • forensic

    Yay!!! Kuroda used his glove that time instead of his hand.

  • Eddard

    Hiroki might not give up another run. He’s got them pounding it into the ground today.

  • http://aol Amanda

    Mike dont hold your breath waiting for wells to turn into a pumkin or sayng overbay is gone when Tex comes back im sure you are happy your wrong alot ! lol

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re really that much in love with Overbay’s .300 OBP? He’s been a nice fill-in for Tex, but let’s get real.

      • http://AOL Amanda

        NOT THAT IM IN LOVE WITH OVERBAY I WANT TEX BACK BUT HES NOT GOING TO BE CUT

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Unless Hafner is injured at the time, there likely will not be space on the roster for both Tex and Overbay.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      You seriously think they are going to bench Tex for Overbay?

    • RetroRob

      As a Yankee fan, I am happy the Yankees have been able to find useful pieces who have helped the team while the A lineup is on the mend. I would not expect this production all season, especially from Overbay. I could see Wells having a solid season.

  • Arnav
  • Wheels

    It would be amazing if this is the beginning of an illustrious Yankee career for Vernon Wells.

    • Brian S.

      Well this one and next year at least. On the Angels tab while they pay Josh Hamilton 25 million a year lolololol

      • Get Phelps Up

        Wells has more fWAR than everyone on the Angels roster except Trout. Pretty awesome.

        • Get Phelps Up

          *bWAR

        • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

          That is equal parts insane and hilarious.

  • forensic

    Yay Moose Tacos!!!

  • RetroRob

    Answer to the Quiz is the Quiz.

  • forensic

    Of all the times for Overbay to go the other way…

  • Dalek Jeter

    I absolutely blame Nix, John. You gotta make sure the ball is going to fall before you go.

    • WhittakerWalt

      What was Ma and Pa’s reaction to that boneheaded play?

      • Dalek Jeter

        “I can’t blame Nix there, you have to take the chance.”

        • WhittakerWalt

          You cannot be serious. It was a terrible play. Nice catch and all, but not even Sportscenter worthy. Horrible baserunning.
          Nix must have the same naked pictures of Ma and Pa that Ben Francisco has of Girardi. I’m thinking it was a key party or something.

  • forensic

    Nice job Nix, always doing something good to help the team…

  • Eddard

    Encarnacion just hit one out of Fenway against Dumpster. People keep waiting for Wells to turn into a pumpkin, they should be looking at Boston.

  • Wheels

    A Rush Limbaugh sighting.

    • Dalek Jeter

      KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

      • Wheels

        Ha

    • True Pinstripe Blue

      WOOT WOOT! Love that guy. So smart.

      • Pat D

        Seriously? I know I’m way late here, but seriously?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Back to civilization, kind of…game summary? thanks

    • Dalek Jeter

      Royals: Leadoff double, bunt to third, sac fly in first

      Yankees: Robbie and Wells went back to back (TOO MANY HOMERS) and Robbie’s is a two run shot.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Hirokrusing.

  • Arnav

    CG for Hiroki?

    • Dalek Jeter

      That would be great, seeing as how we’ve got Phelps and another kid starting tomorrow’s game…we might really need the bullpen.

  • Alkaline2.0

    Kuroda seems to be doing well.

  • RetroRob

    Rex Hudler is the first player I can remember the Yankees drafting.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      MAYBE I remember that, but I definitely do remember him as a prospect.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t know why I remember him, since he was drafted in 1978 and I had been watching baseball prior to that. There must have been some extra buzz around his selection.

        Also, I even remember him being interviewed at Yankee Stadium after he was drafted. No doubt delivered to the Stadium by the crooked cab driver in the story just mentioned.

        And that is perhaps why I do remember him. He was interviewed on TV by the local broadcast team of the Scooter, White and Messer, and it clearly left an impression on me as a kid that is there to this day.

        • forensic

          The only thing I remember about Hudler is him getting arrested in a KC airport for possession of marijuana…

          • RetroRob

            I won’t comment since that means nearly a half hour after the way-too-long Hudler story ended on TV we are still discussing him.

            Yet my non-comment actually is a comment, so it continues!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Interesting tribute to Rex Hudler that’s taking WAY too long.

    • forensic

      Nice to know I’m not the only one thinking, is this story STILL going…

  • SDB

    Nice at bat, Brett.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Reading over the thread. I’m glad we resisted the trap of spending time on whatever this Joba/Mo nonsense was. I feel worse as a human being that I even know about it, much like I feel worse that I know what Candy Crush Saga is.

    • Alkaline2.0

      +1

    • Dalek Jeter

      No, we did…we discussed it a lot over the second/third innings.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t know nuthin’ about who or what Candy Crush is.

      Resisting doing a Google search…so far.

    • Pat D

      I wish I didn’t know what it was. Stuck on the same damn level for like two weeks now.

  • Alkaline2.0

    So Marshall is pitching tomorrow? I saw him on Tuesday for AAA. Minor league games FTW

  • Vernon_is_the_man

    Wow so nice. Vernon has made me a complete believer.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice bit of running. Homers and some small ball. I like it.

  • forensic

    Nicely done Wells!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nothing on that throw

  • forensic

    Wow Nix, that was the slowest throw I’ve ever seen. You could’ve rolled it over there quicker. Even Swisher’s made harder throws…

  • Dalek Jeter

    Suzyn, you don’t “get an oblique” when you have an oblique injury. The oblique is a muscle in your side. you strain your oblique. You dumb, dumb woman. And just because you’re on the DL doesn’t mean that you can’t get hurt again

    And of course they’re killing Joba for the Joba/Mo thing.

    • Wheels

      The Joba/Mo thing is such a non story. Fucking high school gossip.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I know, but god forbid anybody speak back to Mo with anything but the respect a catholic would show the Pope.

        • Wheels

          +1

      • RetroRob

        I just find if funny that fans are angry at Joba, as if they have any part of this. Joba is a member of the Yankees, a member of the Yankee bullpen, has a personal and positive relationship with Mo based on everything we’ve heard over the years, and is in his 7th season on the team. For whatever reason he was pissed at Mo, who he does not view as a diety as fans do.

        I know if someone told me to be quiet or to shhhh, I would be annoyed. I do think Joba was in the wrong here because he made it public, but it is a non-event.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Did he really make it public though? I mean Mo told him to shush in front of fans and the media.

          • RetroRob

            I would say he made it public by confronting Mo while the media was still around. That’s one of those “awareness” things that a player just should take into account, and for the most part I think all the Yankees are good at. He should have went to him later when the tabloid reporters had left.

            Yet the fact that it did annoy Joba and he did confront Mo probably says something about Joba’s mood yesterday. These guys are humans. It’s a non-story to me.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Agreed, Mo tried to have a little fun with Joba on a day when Joba wasn’t in the mood…shit happens. Athletes like anybody are allowed have days when everything bothers them, hell it’s how I spend most days.

            • Rolling Doughnut

              Right, Joba talked back to God and the faithful got pissed. I’m slightly on Joba’s side although mostly I don’t give a shit either way.

  • OldYanksFan

    5 HRs for the J’s. Up 10-1 over the Bloody Sox.

    • forensic

      Good thing your name for the Sox and nycsportzfan’s name for the Sox haven’t combined. This is a family blog…

      • Dalek Jeter

        HA! I personally like OldYanksFan’s more, because there’s an actual background to it, and blood is red, as opposed to nycsportzfan which is vulgar for no other reason but vulgarity.

  • Brian S.

    Alberto Gonzalez>Nix

    • Dalek Jeter

      average Yankee fan>>Nix.

  • OldYanksFan

    What’s up with Jesus Montero? Is he depressed playing in Seattle?
    A .673 OPS in 596 ABs.

    • Dalek Jeter

      He’s bored.

      • The Doctor

        Basically, if the pitcher isn’t throwing an 100 mph 12-6 curveball, he’s not even going to bother. Boring.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Not depressed, just Bored.

    • Brian S.

      He sucks

    • RetroRob

      If a hitter has a flaw, MLB pitchers will find it and use it a hitter forever. Montero has not been able to, or has been unwilling to adjust. If he doesn’t figure it out he is going to be a bust. I still have faith, but it weakens every passing day. I think this also confirms some of the maturity issues we heard rumors about, not taking well to instruction, etc. Doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy, not at all, but he clearly has some issues going on in between the ears.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Gotta take my hat off to Cashman. Signing Kuroda on back to back 1 year deals for reasonable money has been a stoke of genius. He’s pretty close to have been the Yankees best pitcher over the last 200 games.

  • The Doctor

    Sabathia may be the official “ace”, but it’s pretty clear that Kuroda’s been the team’s ace for the past year if you ask me. Just a pleasure to watch.

    • Dalek Jeter

      He’s absolutely at worst been 1b to Sabathia’s 1a.

      On a nerd topic, what have you thought about this second half of season 7 of Doctor Who?

    • JonS

      He was the “more valuable” pitcher last year as well. Call it what you want. :)

  • OldYanksFan

    Why so much hate for Nix?
    He makes less than $1m, plays a number of positions, and has 0.3 bWAR so far this year, which is better then a couple of starting Shortstops.

    • Brian S.

      Because he sucks and I want to see Adams or Mustelier.

    • RetroRob

      I think most people are indifferent to Nix. There are a few vocal haters.

      My issue is more with the Yankees, who out themselves in a situation where Nix has to play so much.

      • RetroRob

        put

    • Dalek Jeter

      Because he’s a below average hitter and below average fielder (at every position) that gets WAY too much love from the media and the front office.

    • JRod

      The hatred for Nix is among fools who don’t understand baseball, and think that every SS hits like Jeter. Or just plain garden variety haters.

      • WhittakerWalt

        BULLSHIT. We’re just tired of hearing how great this (very average) player is. We’re not fools who don’t understand baseball. That’s nonsense worthy of Buzz Bissinger.

        • Dalek Jeter

          BULLSHIT. We’re just tired of hearing how great this (very average) slightly below average player is. We’re not fools who don’t understand baseball. That’s nonsense worthy of Buzz Bissinger.

          fify

          • WhittakerWalt

            Clearly you’re just a garden variety hater.

  • Wheels

    He was safe

    • Wheels

      No, upon closer inspection he was just out.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Perez had his GPS going on that one. Wow.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Man, I love well pitched games. Unlike that middle game in Colorado this game and yesterday’s have gone by at a nice pleasant pace. Not once have I thought “God how is it only the __ inning?!”

    • JonS

      I 100% agree. However, this is the type of game that the ADHD, I can only watch football, crowd calls boring.

  • forensic

    Um, no Cone. He wasn’t looking at Perez at all, he was looking at the ump.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ugh, Gameday is frozen…how many pitches at Kuroda at?

    • Winter

      76

    • JonS

      76

      • RetroRob

        You’re both wrong. 80. : -)

    • forensic

      76 after the single.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Thanks guys, it’s back up now and has him at 81…so I don’t understand why John is telling me Kelley is warming up. I’d take advantage of Kuroda’s great pitch count/dominance and try to milk the CG out of him.

        • Govin

          I hope Joe lets him go for the complete game, he deserves it the way hes been pitching today.

  • forensic

    Jose Valverde blows a save.

    All is right with the world.

    • Dalek Jeter

      My least favorite thing about how he acts when he gets a save is if somebody did that stupid fucking spasming dumb dance after hitting a homer, everybody would be up in arms about it. But since Valverde is an “oddball” and “a personality” it’s completely fucking okay.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Between him and Fernando Rodney it’s a serious asshole convention.

        • Brian S.

          Rodney doesn’t even compare to Valverde. I actually like the bow and arrow thing.

      • RetroRob

        A couple of seasons back, the MLBN guys were talking about what’s more annoying, Joba Chamberlain’s emotions on the mound, or Valverde’s. Shockingly (or perhaps not), they seemed to think Joba’s was worse. I believe just the opposite. I don’t have problem with emotion that is legit. I don’t think Joba is showing up players. I don’t think Papelbon is showing up players. I think it is legit emotion, so I’m fine with it.

        The theatrics of Valverde and Rodney is not emotion. It is a narcissistic show that screams: look at me. I had issues with Soriano’s untuck, too, but it was subtle enough that it wouldn’t drive me crazy like Valverde.

        • Brian S.

          But who cares if baseball players have fun? I think Valverde is a bit extreme but it’s a game and fans seem to like it.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I agree 100%. Papelbitch’s jackoff motion and Joba’s fist pump are emotional releases, Rodney and Valverde’s are basically “haha, I’m better than you now look at me!!”

  • Brian S.

    Kuroda only has one strikeout

    • forensic

      KC doesn’t strike out much in general. They just go up there hacking, which is also why they don’t walk and their run total isn’t as high as it should given their OK BA.

    • Wheels

      “Strikeouts are fascist” -Crash Davis

  • Dalek Jeter

    …they just started talking about how Ichiro shirtless looks on the radio. Sterling brought it up.

  • Brian S.

    Think Rivera could go today? He’s been pitching an awful lot lately.

    • Brian S.

      Plus we might need him tomorrow for one of the games.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I wouldn’t because of the Double Header tomorrow. It looks more and more like it’s going to be Phelps/Warren or Phelps/Nuno and I’d much rather have as many bullpen arms ready to go tomorrow as possible.

    • forensic

      I’d be surprised if either Robertson or Rivera were used today. That’s why the PC is so critical for Kuroda right now. Just gotta keep it going for 2 more innings hopefully.

  • forensic

    Whew, Kuroda, and I, thought that was gone…

  • Dalek Jeter

    He’s going to use Mo today. I can feel it.

    • Dalek Jeter

      And Robertson too :(

    • Anderson Silva

      Kuroda is falling apart. He needs to bring in D-Rob ASAP. I’d stick to D-Rob for the last out of the 8th and the 9th but we know Girardi would never go for that

  • Anderson Silva

    Baseball needs to get rid of umpires.. they absolutely fucking suck

    • Pat D

      Are you saying you’re going to survive the Rise of the Machines? Because you won’t!

      • Dalek Jeter

        NOBODY WILL!!! IT WAS RHETORICAL!!!

      • RetroRob

        I am a machine. I’m just waiting.

  • Pat D

    Kuroda wants to karate chop Diaz right now.

    • Brian S.

      racist

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Yeah! Ban him Axisa!

        • Pat D

          You can’t ban me.

          If you should ban me, I would become more powerful than you could possibly imagine!

      • Pat D

        Intentional.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Lazy Dominican.

  • Brian S.

    lol at pitches 1 and 3 being balls.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Fuck. Guess it’s DRob and Mo today after all.

  • forensic

    Damn…

    And he actually is using Robertson here, which I assume means he’ll also use Mo.

    So, that’s two games tomorrow that neither of them will be available. I’m all for winning the game at hand, but that sure hurts things for tomorrow.

    • Dalek Jeter

      +1 Especially with the series won, I’d be completely with a “lose the battle to win the war” mentality and to go to a Kelley or a Claiborne here or in the 9th.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Why chance losing a battle you have a great chance to win, in case it MIGHT have an effect tomorrow?
        For all we know, both games could be blowouts tomorrow.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          +1000. Win this game, then worry about tomorrow’s.

      • forensic

        What are you +1’ing? The rest of your comment seemed to go against what I was saying I’m mostly ok with.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Really, I thought I was agreeing with you lol. Are you not saying that you’d rather him have Mo/D-Rob available tomorrow?

          • forensic

            If I had a choice, I would’ve tried to stick with Kuroda for at least the last out in the 8th to save one of them. But I’m not going to risk sacrificing a game they’re in position to win by going to Kelley/Claiborne over Robertson/Mo. Win the game at hand and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. It certainly hurts for tomorrow, but they could blow this one and then get blown out both games tomorrow with no chance for them to pitch, and then you’ve lost 3 games instead of 2.

  • Wheels

    Looked like Kuroda had some words for the ump as he was leaving the game there.

  • Brian S.

    How come the Nationals and Braves don’t have .600 win percentages. So much talent on those two teams.

    • Dalek Jeter

      The Nat’s are a team I love to follow because I’m happy that franchise has finally turned it round and Strasburg and Harper make them an exciting team, and I’m pretty disappointed in their start.

      • forensic

        Strasburg is only 1-5. He’s not that good and it’s all his fault.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Haha I’m sure this has nothing to do with my rant about John and Suzyn hating on him because of his record yesterday?

          • forensic

            :-)

  • forensic

    And of course Laz Diaz had to make sure people noticed him before the game was over. Surprised it took this long.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hopefully Joe either sends Robertson back out for the 9th or allows him to pitch in one of the games tomorrow, I mean he basically only got a dry hump today (2 in-game pitches) if he doesn’t pitch the 9th.

    • forensic

      I’d be fine with him pitching the 9th, but Mo is already warming so that’s not going to happen.

      Even with just the 2 pitches, today is 4 out of 5 for both of them, so tomorrow would be 5 out of 6 and 3 straight. I’d be absolutely shocked if either of them pitched tomorrow.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So for the last couple days I’ve been reading a chapter a day on the bus of The Game of Thrones, and for whatever reason chapters seem to be long enough for me to read one between work and home…I watch the show too and both are great (at least the first book is really good so far) but the young characters are…so much younger…in the book. It’s actually adding a very, very creepy level to the story.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yep, there’s no way they could have done some of that stuff with live action. The Dany chapters alone would get them arrested.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Yup. she’s only 13!!!!!

    • RetroRob

      I’ve missed most of this season on HBO as I’ve been out of the country more than in it the past two months, so to get my GoT fix I was considering reading book one. Is it available as an eBook I can download or print? Either is fine, although thinking ebook might work better for me right now.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’m sure it’s available through Ebook, the first book is basically season 1 and 2 though.

    • forensic

      Like Girardi’s daughter kind of creepy? ;-)

      • Dalek Jeter

        Basically yes. Daenaryus Stormborn is 13.

  • Wheels

    Sweetness.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nixie gets 2 on his 2nd chance.

  • forensic

    Nice! And right as I was going to type that I was a little concerned about what may happen after that single given how much he’s pitched recently…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    And they just keep on winning…

  • forensic

    Beautiful relief guys!!! 10 pitches for 4 outs. Can’t beat that.

    Terrific Sweep!!!

  • RetroRob

    Eight pitches. It’s almost like he didn’t pitch.

    He can save both games tomorrow.

  • Pseudoyanks

    OK, who took my broom?

  • Anderson Silva

    great W. Also, 2 pitches for D-Rob and 9 for Mo. They should be good to go tomorrow.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ball game!

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Gee I sure hope we don’t get swept on the road trip”

  • Brian S.

    So how come Jackie Bradley Jr., Ryan Lavarnaway, Allen Webster, and Will Middlebrooks are all far below replacement level?

  • Get Phelps Up

    10 games over .500 now.

    In comparison, last year’s team didn’t reach that mark until June 11.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Well done boys. Short and very sweet. Still don’t think Mo or DRob will pitch tomorrow though.