Game 37: Let’s Play Two*

Pretty sure I will never not use this photo for Yankees-Indians. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Pretty sure I will never not use this photo for Yankees-Indians. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

* Obligatory headline is obligatory.

The Yankees are in Cleveland for a quick one-day, two-game visit with the Indians. Today was supposed to be an off-day for the club, but they need to make up those two rained out games from last month. It stinks losing an off-day, but it’s better to get these games out of the way now rather than later in the summer, once it heats up and giving guys rest is a little more important. Here’s the lineup that will face low-slot right-hander Justin Masterson…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Brennan Boesch
  6. 3B Chris Nelson
  7. 1B Corban Josephfourth career game at first, all this year
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. SS Alberto Gonzalez

And on the mound is the 2010 Double-A Eastern League All-Star, right-hander David Phelps.

This game, the first of the doubleheader, is scheduled to start at 12:05pm ET. You can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Update: Joseph is officially up with the team as the 26th man for the doubleheader. By rule, he must go back to Triple-A Scranton immediately following the two games. Brett Marshall is supposedly on standby at the team hotel in case they need to add a pitcher between games.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. SamVa says:

    Has a time for game 2 been announced? Or am I missing something?

    Also, gonna be cool to see CoJo make his major league debut and Nuno get a start later on. Would love to see them take both as I think we all would, but regardless, what a great way to spend a Monday!

    Go Yankees!!!

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Tentative start time is 3:35, but in straight doubleheaders the second game starts 20 minutes after the first game ends.

    • Eddard says:

      I thought it was scheduled for 2:30. Not much down time in between the games which is smart in case it rained they could at least have time to wait. And they can also get out at a decent time.

  2. Eddard says:

    I’d love to see the uproar if Chris Stewart caught both games of the DH but Romine will start tonight. Let’s hope they can split and end the road trip 6-2.

    • MannyGeee says:

      According to Girardi (according to LoHud), Sew won’t start both games and Cano/Wells won’t play the field both games… But Bubba Crosby was our starting CF, so there’s that

  3. Dalek Jeter says:

    Who wants to take Odds that Stewart catches both games of the double header? I’m giving them at 2 to 5.

  4. loudog27 says:

    Why wouldn’t Nuno start Game 1 so they can option him to the minor leagues after the game and add Marshal? It is not like they need to keep him up as he has not been used but for one game.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I think the logic is that Phelps is more likely to go deep into the game leaving more bullpen (theoretically) for the night cap, whereas Nuno can probably only give you 4-5 innings max leaving you to get 4-5 innings out of your Bullpen then crossing your fingers that Phelps doesn’t shit the bed in the nightcap.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Interesting. Hadn’t thought of that. Definitely some merit to that.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Probably trying to avoid having to call up Marshall at all. If they don’t have to use Warren in the first game, there’s a pretty good chance Marshall doesn’t get added. Better chance to avoid using Warren in the first game if Phelps starts than if Nuno starts that game.

      • loudog27 says:

        Yes but now the problem is you have to send down a player who could be a useful piece in the days ahead. I hope it is not Claiborne. I do not think it is realistic that Phelps will go deep into the game. He has not gone deep all year.

  5. trr says:

    An old-fashioned doubleheader, can remember the last time we played one.
    I used to go see them at the original Yankee Stadium when I was a boy.

    Let’s Play Two?
    Let’s Win Two!

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      That’s one thing I’m jealous about from you oldtimers. Unless I get lucky visa-ve rainouts, having tickets to a game that gets rained out, and being free on the day of the make up, and having the make up be a straight double header…I will never get two baseball games for the price of one.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’m definitely younger than you, but I certainly remember a LOT more doubleheaders of both the straight-through and day/night variety. Used to be part of the game instead of an unplanned inconvenience.

      • trr says:

        Yep, they were part of the schedule, 1 or 2 Sundays per month, all the major summer holidays, and the ever popular Twi-night doubleheaders. Good memories, my Dad and I…

        • Darren says:

          There is no way to adequately explain the joy of sitting down for a twi-night doubleheader. All of that free baseball made you fee like you were cheating time itelf.
          When it wsas like, the 3rd inning of Game 1 and you still had 6 innings left before Game 2 even started!

    • The Real Me says:

      I remember these as well. Can’t say I went to “a lot” of them, but do remember attending one or 2. Of course, due to money primarily, they’ll never go back to these again except in cases like this.

  6. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Way too early for a Game Thread. Where’s my coffee?

    From the looks of the lineup, way too early to come up with a lineup as well.

    This should be fun. CoJo! The Atty Gen! Let’s play two!

  7. Dalek Jeter says:

    Idk if anybody else is a fanboy here, but Kevin Smith just finished the first draft of Clerks III and says “it plays like THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of what’s now become the Clerks Trilogy” and that he’s absolutely in love with it.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’ll be funny, but you can never go back. He can never be as young, hungry, and on zero budget as he was on the original. It’s like the band that will never, ever better its first album.

      Not to say the second didn’t have its merits.

      Motley Crue’s “Too Fast For Love” has a permanent place on my IPhone while nothing past their second album ever will. First two were simple, timeless music. Everything after that is a relic of an era long gone.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Oh I agree, nothing (probably ever again) will be the original Clerks. I mean Clerks was shot on like a 30K budget, in the middle of the night, in an actual convenience store, and just about everybody but Dante and Randall were just friends of Smith. The fact that he made such a great movie in those conditions, I don’t think anybody will ever equal or duplicate it.

        That said, he’s a very funny writer and pretty talented director; Clerks II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Chasing Amy(by far his most underrated film), Dogma, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno are all great movies, and make up for Jersey Girl and Cop Out.

        • jjyank says:

          I love those movies. Clerks 1 was probably the most watched movie among my friends and I in college.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I was in Europe around the time “Cop-Out” came out and, since that doesn’t translate into French well, all the bus ads in Paris had the alternate title of “Top Cops.” I don’t know why I found that hilarious at the time, but I did, along with billboards of random French celebrities I’ve never heard of who looked like dirty old men trying to look cool.

          I liked “Chasing Amy” a lot. HATED J&B Strike Back and Dogma, but appreciated the effort. They just weren’t my thing. Maybe I’d like them better now.

          You can only be young and hungry once.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            Wow, I loved Dogma…J&B was good for what it was to me, an over-the-top stoner movie.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              I’d probably like it more now. I really didn’t know the mythology at the time and found it kind of masturbatory.

              I felt the same about “The Big Lebowski” at the time, and like that movie a lot more now. I’m sure I’d change my mind if I saw it again.

      • CountryClub says:

        I was never a fan of that song for some reason. Live Wire from that album was good, though. And I agree that the 2nd album had some good stuff on it (their best stuff IMO).

        I think the next 3 CDs still had some decent stuff on there. After that….not so good.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I just think TFFL is the type of simple glam-punk album a band from any era could make. It still sounds fresh to me, as if a band could come out tomorrow and create that album.

          I’m definitely a big glam rock guy, so I like all of it for sure, but there’s just a magic about that first album.

      • Darren says:

        Agree that TFFL is amazing, but Shout is even better in a way. Or at least you can make that argument. Unlike a lot of bands whose first album was clearly their best. (like Appetite for Destruction)

    • trr says:

      Will they blow up the store at the end?

  8. jjyank says:

    Should be able to catch most of the game before work. Let’s do this!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’ll have a ton of work right right through the first game, so enjoy me while you can.

      Two for Prussia!

  9. Dalek Jeter says:

    Interesting, Suzyn was interviewing somebody from the Indian organization and they were talking about Bauer, and he said: “he’s still very stubborn, and does things his own way. The Indians are letting him work through that though. I’m not sure the Yankees are the best match up for them because they’re so patient, and he’s having control [problems] with his fastball.”

  10. Dalek Jeter says:

    Double Dip for Prussia!!

  11. sangreal says:

    Roster Update: Joseph is officially up with the team as the 26th man for the doubleheader. By rule, he must go back to Triple-A Scranton immediately following the two games. Brett Marshall is supposedly on standby at the team hotel in case they need to add a pitcher between games.

    I thought this practice was banned in 2001. From RAB:

    Finally, one popular team practice has been eliminated as well: Clubs may no longer summon Minor Leaguers to the Majors without activating them.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Probably changed in the new CBA?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I don’t know if hanging out at the hotel constitutes a violation of that. That may be why he’s at the hotel and not the stadium.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      That only applies to non-40-man guys. They used to be able to work out with the team and stuff despite not being on the active roster.

    • Ed says:

      Before that rule, the Yankees used to have a few prospects hang out with the team in September. They’d work out on the field before games and generally experience major league life, but wouldn’t actually be on the roster. Think guys like Slade Heathcott, Tyler Austin, etc. They’d take guys like that and just let them hang with the club a season or two before they’d actually consider adding them to the roster. That’s what the rule is about.

      Marshall won’t actually be with the team or at the stadium unless they decide to activate him, so they’re fine here.

  12. SDB says:

    Aw fuck, Jerry Meals is umpiring?

  13. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Hopefully the Yanks will sweep the doubleheader but if by chance they serve up a few meatballs to Asdrubal Cabrera, I’d be very appreciative.

  14. Kramerica Industries says:

    I love doubleheader lineups on a veteran team.

  15. teddy says:

    masterdon looking good

  16. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice, well done Brian Knight/Chris Stewart!!!

  17. jjyank says:

    Defensive catcher!

  18. teddy says:

    he was safe thanks blue

  19. Kramerica Industries says:

    He was safe, BUT, remember the (dumb) ideology of “ball beat the runner”.

    We rag on Stewart, but he is excellent at doing that.

  20. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jason Kipnis?

  21. Brian S. says:

    Dammit Phelps!

  22. teddy says:

    maybe should have save the a lineup for bauer

  23. MannyGeee says:

    awesome, who brought Hughes… er, Big Game Phelpsy to the party?

  24. trr says:

    If the top of our order doesn’t get it done….

  25. Brian S. says:

    I feel like Phelps has pitched better than his 5.22 ERA suggests. Am I just being biased since I like him so much?

    • Steve D Fl says:

      I think you are being biased. He had a couple bright spots earlier but as of late not so good. imo

    • Havok9120 says:

      I’d agree with “better” by the eye test. Maybe even “significantly better.” But significantly better isn’t necessarily “good.”

      FWIW 4.06 FIP and 3.46 xFIP.

  26. MannyGeee says:

    hehehe… Asdrubal Ks, which pisses off jjyank, which in turn makes me happy.

  27. Havok9120 says:

    Well then, I’m late. I’m shocked that we’re already down a run in the first. That never happens.

    Rally for Prussia!

  28. MannyGeee says:

    Anyone notice that Swish’s walk up music was Snoop Dogg?

    Man, I miss that mutherfucker

  29. yankees=warriors says:

    Any fans here in Cologne? Would be nice to know I’m not alone here.

    • Brian S. says:

      I just use deodorant personally.

      • yankees=warriors says:

        LOL, I’m not used to using its english name as well.

        Ok, so any Yankee fan in Köln? I know we have a few here from Bayern, but that’s kinda far away from here…

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Hey, somebody from the Fatherland!!! I really don’t know of anybody from Germany who posts regularly.

          • yankees=warriors says:

            Hehe, guilty, I’m not german, just studying here.
            I can understand, because baseball is really not popular in Europe. The time difference also makes it hard to follow the games.
            I only stay up for Hughes’ games because he’s my favorite player.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Axe… Not really, but worth throwing in at this point.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Polo Double Black or Explorer all the way.

    • Havok9120 says:

      There’s one guy who may still be over in Holland, but I think that’s the closest we’ve got. Unless Bavarian Yankee is actually still chilling in Bavaria, but even that won’t help you much from the Rhineland.

      • yankees=warriors says:

        Yeah, thanks, it was a long shot from the beginning.
        But it’s nice to be able to chat with you guys here even if I can’t find fans here.

    • yankees=warriors says:

      I just realized you’ve all misunderstood me! I’m talking about the german city, not the perfume, LMAO!

  30. Dalek Jeter says:

    Man, Swish’s career .271/.403/.442 against LHP in his career would really look great in this line up…

    Also…John is on his game today, he had no idea the homer was a homer until it was gone and had no idea that Swisher struck out.

  31. MannyGeee says:

    You know? I feel like our lives would have been infinitely more awesome if the careers of Swisher and Giambi would have crossed paths in NY instead of in Cleveland. I feel like we got screwed on this.

  32. FachoinaNYY says:

    So does a pick off count as a 1/3 of an inning pitched for the pitcher?

  33. teddy says:

    damm he looking nasty today

  34. MannyGeee says:

    Unreal, Masterson is on his game today.

  35. teddy says:

    joseph highest obp of all time

  36. teddy says:

    d@mm he saved a run

  37. teddy says:

    atleast the yanks cleared the pitcher

  38. Brian S. says:

    Anyone noticing how crappy the farm is doing this year? Really disappointed in Williams, Heathcott, Austin, and Turley :(

  39. WhittakerWalt says:

    “And Stewart, he continues to put the bat on the ball!”

    The soft bigotry of low expectations at work, right there.

    • MannyGeee says:

      You must be new to the “Ma & Pa sucking off Chris Stewart and Jayson Nix Fest”…

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Oh, no Walt is an old hat…he’s been suffering with me at the hands of Ma and Pa since at least last season.

      • SDB says:

        No Nix this game = more sucking off for Stewart now.

        No Stewart in game 2 = more sucking off for Nix then.

        Double the baseball, double the verbal fellating. Yay.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Oh, I’m used to it. It just still surprises me sometimes just how easily impressed they can be.

  40. MannyGeee says:

    fuuuuuuuck, I want to pinch hit for Alberto Gonzalez like RIGHT NOW, i know its the second inning. I don’t care.

  41. Havok9120 says:

    Alright guys, lets cash in here.

    *looks at lineup*

    Oh, great.

  42. Brian S. says:

    Yay leave the bases loaded

  43. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damn…poor first AB there Gonzo!!! get the professional ballplayer in there, stat!!

  44. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Mark Reynolds has a slash line of .291/.372/.624 with 11 homers.

    He should be just about due to start an 0 for a month streak any day now.

  45. The Real Greg says:

    I wonder if we should have called Wang up for this start considering he’s pitched well at AAA.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Called him up for who? Phelps out of the rotation to the bullpen and then Nuno goes down?


      • The Real Greg says:

        Well you can do it for one day unless there is an option. And with Nova being out longer….

        • Havok9120 says:

          Is today his day in the rotation?

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            No, he pitched into the 8th like two days ago, so while I might be for it if it was Wang’s day…he might be able to give us an inning or two if he was here.

            • Havok9120 says:

              And even that would be pretty silly for us to do. I’ve never been a fan of “eh, it was his throw day in between starts so we put him out there for an inning.”

  46. WhittakerWalt says:

    Hey Ma and Pa, it’s been two innings. Can we not give Masterson the Cy Young yet? Also, I think it’s fair to say most pitchers could navigate the bottom of our lineup.

  47. The Real Greg says:

    By the way, Brian S., you haven’t been around here in awhile. How are you?

    • Brian S. says:

      Been better I suppose. I’m home for a week from school then going back to work full-time and intern. How about yourself man?

      • The Real Greg says:

        Ah you know. Still jittery and insecure but trying to be better.
        Still let a bit of emotion get in the way

  48. trr says:

    Top of the line-up, let’s go.
    This means you, Gardener

  49. trr says:

    way to start it off

  50. teddy says:

    suprise brett chased that pitched

  51. Anderson Silva says:

    it’s very frustrating when the hitter lays off some very tough pitches only to strikeout on a pitch nowhere near the strikezone.

  52. Dalek Jeter says:

    I had a horrible dream last night that the second game of the DH’er went to the 39th inning and we lost 4-3.

  53. WhittakerWalt says:

    Is there a reason we have no David Robertson today? He only threw two pitchers yesterday.

  54. The Real Greg says:

    Those kids have cajones to have that sign up.

    • jjyank says:

      Why, because a Cleveland Truant Officer might be watching the game on the YES feed?

      • The Real Greg says:

        True but in an age of digital video and Twitter, news travels fast.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        They could get grounded?

        • JLC 776 says:

          They would be summarily suspended to which the parents would raise hell. The story would spread throughout social media (complete with its own sarcastic twitter account) with increasing amounts of pressure being placed equally on the school, the kids, the parents, society, guns, and Obama. Eventually the kids and members of the Indians would appear on GMA. The whole thing will then be forgotten in one week as focus abruptly shifts to a heroic toddler who virally hits a whole in one in mini-golf.

          At least that’s my take.

      • MannyGeee says:

        PLO TWIST: The truant officer is skipping work at the local bar watching the game as well, and he wont rat out the kids in order to not incriminate himself.

    • SDB says:

      Details, for those of us stuck listening to Ma and Pa?

  55. WhittakerWalt says:


  56. WhittakerWalt says:

    Does it make me a bad person that I want that Indians fan in the picture to get his ass kicked?

  57. MannyGeee says:

    Am I in the minority here for saying that I would give my entire day’s salary to see Wells and Swisher BOTH pitch today? That would be awesome. Also, Mark Reynolds would have to strike out for the sake of comedy.

  58. Ron says:

    Shocker!!! Please tell me how good Swisher is and never mention his cluctchness cause its not a stat so it doesn’t exist.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      It is a stat. It does exist.
      And other baseball things that provide value exist, too.

      And fwiw, Swisher was one of the Yankees best hitters with RISP last year.

      • jjyank says:

        According to Fangraphs, Swisher had a 164 wRC+ with men in scoring position in 181 PA with the Yankees in 2012. So yeah, this.

      • trr says:

        that’s not setting the bar very high

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          301/406/589 w/RISP is pretty damn good on any team.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            Guyz!! Stop with your numbers!!! Anectodal feelings in the gut is the only way to judge a player!!! that and how they did in the postseason…like David Justice, who was SO CLUTCH with his career .224/.335/.382 postseason slash line.

            • WhittakerWalt says:

              What about postseason powerhouse Scott Brosius? Nobody better than him!
              AVG OBP SLG OPS
              .245 .278 .418 .696

    • jjyank says:

      Swisher is a good hitter. He’s been above league average every single year, except 2008 with the White Sox. Sans 2008, he’s been more than 20% better than league average every single year since 2005.

      You asked.

    • MannyGeee says:

      He is far and away more valuable than any OF under contract in NY right now not named Curtis Granderson. One strikeout in a makeup game in the middle of May doesn’t change that.

      A switch-hitting OF/1B that will give you 140 games and 28 home runs this season just like the last 5 and the next 5 is still pretty dope.

      • MannyGeee says:

        with the exception of 2008, correct. Thanks jj

      • Ron says:

        I noticed that none of u clowns mentioned the playoffs. I wonder why. His regular season stats are meanigless. the Yankess have a better record without him with the carcus of Ichiro in RF. So valuable all those walks and smiling like a docky after striking out in the playoffs.

        • jjyank says:

          “His regular season stats are meanigless.”

          And yet, you call us clowns. How very entertaining.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


          He was awful in the playoffs.
          Saying regular season is meaningless is just ridiculous though.
          You have to get to the playoffs first. If you think the Yankees are better off with Ichiro than Swisher, you are just deluding yourself.

          As for not mentioning the playoffs, you’re the clown trying to pretend an AB on May 13 is indicative of a player’s worth. Last I checked, this isn’t a playoff game.

        • MannyGeee says:

          These words all make zero sense whatsoever. even the ones you spelled correctly.

          By your theory, the “carcus” of Ichiro would be infinitely more valuable than Cano, Tex, A Rod OR Granderson, since he outhit all those guys in the playoffs and the regular season is meaningless.

      • Brian S. says:

        He’s going to do that the next 5 years?

        • MannyGeee says:

          I would not bet the house on it, but he is a truly consistent and above average player, so it would not honestly surprise me if he meets that expectation for the life of this contract he’s on now.

          “5 Years” was a little cheeky, I’ll admit… but you have to admit that he’s a really good and REALLY consistent player year over year.

    • WhittakerWalt says:


  59. MannyGeee says:

    Man, does Phelps make a pitch when he needs to… He’s earning his EddardWorld moniker, truth.

    Sure, this is the opposite of a Big Game, but the narrative otherwise fits.

  60. teddy says:

    boesch needs to go, he useless

  61. The Real Greg says:

    Dammit Nelson. We had a chance to get his pitch count above 70 through 4 innings.

  62. Havok9120 says:

    So I guess the guy in that Yanks/Cleveland shirt was born in Buffalo?

  63. Dalek Jeter says:

    Off topic, but this is just something I’ve never really thought about besides that one episode of The West Wing with the map people.

  64. Havok9120 says:

    THAT was a pretty great homerun staredown.

  65. The Real Greg says:

    Phelps may be the ultimate 5 and fly pitcher

  66. Anderson Silva says:

    Phelps just doesn’t look like starter material.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I don’t really agree. Even a #4/5 guy that usually only gives you 5/6 innings is far more valuable than what that same guy could generally do out of the pen.

      • MannyGeee says:

        yup. HE is a #4 anywhere in the league, and they’re all not gonna be Sabathia. Give me a Phelps under team control over a Ervin Santana or Ricky Nolasco for $10M+ any day.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Basically what I’ve been saying about Hughes since last season…only I think Phelps is more of a 5 than Hughes, who is a 4 who can go out and pitch like a 3 or even a 2 on some days.

  67. WhittakerWalt says:

    4 pitchers spots in a row. Harrumph.

  68. JLC 776 says:

    I love when our half of the inning passes in the same amount of time that I excuse myself to use the bathroom.

    • MannyGeee says:

      bright side, the bottom half of the inning lasted about as long as the hand washing portion of the trip.

  69. The Real Greg says:

    It amazes me that the closest we’ve come to scoring off Masterson came with the bottom of the lineup.

  70. Kramerica Industries says:

    Offensively deficient lineup continues to be deficient.

  71. Dalek Jeter says:

    Phelps can go to like 110, right? I mean if we can get through 6 w/ Phelps…go to Logan/Kelly for 7-9 leaving Claiborne, Warren, ect for the night cap.

    • Havok9120 says:

      At this point I have to think he’s as stretched out as he’s ever gonna get, so yeah, I think he could go up there a bit.

  72. MannyGeee says:

    per Feinstand, Kelley could be the closer today… yuck.

  73. Jim Is Bored says:

    Sign me up for this outing from Phelps every time out.

  74. Eddard says:

    Sterling called that bunt base hit by Gardner. He just didn’t say it out loud.

  75. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ichiro…you fail.

  76. Havok9120 says:

    Nice bunt. Now make with the wheels.

  77. MannyGeee says:

    How sweet is it when Gardner actually lands a bunt. Now dont get caught stealing, for the love of Christ…

  78. The Real Greg says:

    Yankees catch a break. Reynolds lost the ball.

  79. Anderson Silva says:

    I thought lefties crushed Masterson. I guess mediocre lefties do not.

  80. The Real Greg says:

    Horrible Robbie.

    You catch a break on the first swing, so you swing at the very next pitch.

  81. MannyGeee says:

    I am pretty glad that we don’t have to suffer through Mark Reynolds’ defense daily…

  82. MannyGeee says:

    Can I get a Pronk Bomber?

  83. teddy says:

    leftys smash justin, but the yankees full of lefty can’t ever hit him

  84. The Real Greg says:

    With Hafner and Cano cold, it makes it nearly impossible.

  85. yankees=warriors says:

    Damn, wasting a great outing from Phelps…

  86. jjyank says:

    Peace out RABers, time for work. Enjoy the game(s)! Win them for Prussia!

  87. Havok9120 says:

    CoJo with the pick. Not bad.

  88. Dalek Jeter says:

    Send him out for the 7th!!!

  89. yankees=warriors says:

    Can’t believe Giambi’s still around, thought he was done when he left the Yankees.

  90. Eddard says:

    Phelpsy has done all he can today, it’s time to get a couple runs on the board. PH Overbay if you need a clutch RBI or two.

  91. Dalek Jeter says:

    I really, really hope 1. That Phelps goes back out for the 7th and 2. that we don’t get CGSO by Masterson.

  92. your mom says:

    C’mon, HR CoJo.

  93. Dalek Jeter says:

    “Corban Cork’s one”? Please?!

  94. JLC 776 says:

    Yeah! We forced him to throw more than 10 pitches this inning!

  95. Havok9120 says:

    Man. Pretty good couple plays by Swish at 1st.

  96. Kramerica Industries says:

    It would be annoying to have another shutout loss where the pitching allowed, like, two runs or less.

    • The Real Greg says:

      This one I think is more understandable than the one in Colorado because this lineup is even worse than the one in Colorado plus Masterson is a good pitcher.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        De La Rosa is also pretty solid, and, of course, left handed.

        Still, when Phelps delivers outings like this, you gotta take advantage.

  97. Havok9120 says:

    Darn it Kenny, you jinxed him.

  98. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wait..the bullpen is just getting up now?! I understand he’s been “in control” but Phelps was at 99 pitches to start the inning…you have to have somebody ready in case something like that double happens.

  99. teddy says:

    phelps did a great job

  100. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Please get it done, Boone.

  101. JLC 776 says:

    Oh boy, this just feels like one of those games where the bullpen is going to exacerbate the situation. Not that it’s the wrong or right move, but I just have a bad feeling…

  102. mustang says:


    Still nice game by Phelps it’s too bad that he should have been replaced 2 starters and doesn’t have the stuff to make twice through a batting order.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Shouting “I TOLD YOU SO” so long before anything has been definitively shown either way is at least as bad as what the “Phelps is no starter” crew has been doing.

  103. Winter says:

    Just got here, did I miss anything other than good pitching?

  104. Dalek Jeter says:


  105. Dalek Jeter says:

    Cookies for you Boone!!!

  106. Havok9120 says:


  107. Jim Is Bored says:

    Nice escape there.

  108. JLC 776 says:

    0-2: Get it done, LOOGY!
    2-2: Wild pitch? Dammit…
    3-2: Guess it’s gonna be bases loaded…

    Strikeout: FUCK YEAH!!!

  109. mustang says:

    The has beens & wannabes bunch strikes again.

  110. teddy says:

    no overbay here

  111. The Real Greg says:

    The fact that he isn’t pinch hitting for Stewart tells you how much the Yankees in total want to be in this game.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Or that it’s a straight doubleheader with a horribly depleted roster.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Which is why they don’t want to be in this game.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Umm, no, that has nothing to do with it at all. They want to win this game, but they also realize that it would be foolish to put all their eggs in today’s basket, knowing they don’t have an off-day for another 10 days.

          You really have a bad tendency to link things together that aren’t connected.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      More how much he hates Romine.

    • Havok9120 says:


  112. Anderson Silva says:

    Gardner POS, why go after the first pitch?

  113. your mom says:

    f’in great brett!

  114. JLC 776 says:

    It’s like half of the order can’t wait to see how quickly they can get out.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Exactly. No patience. Another sign that they don’t want to be here.

      • JLC 776 says:

        I think we all kind of saw that coming with a rest day double header in Cleveland in May… ugh…

        • The Real Greg says:

          Exactly. Anyone who thinks the Yankees wanted to come here and waste an off day to play a true doubleheader is nuts.

      • Havok9120 says:

        My God. So all these years that Jeter and Cano have been swinging at first pitches has just been a sign that they don’t want to be at the games? So that must mean that all the years of Gardner taking the first pitch come Hell or high water (which most people on here complained about fairly regularly) was a sign he’s got great work ethic?

        • The Real Greg says:

          It’s all about when they do it. If you’re trying to get Masterson out of the game you need to work the pitch count. I go back to earlier when Cano swung at the first pitch but Reynolds lost it in the light. And then he swung at the very next pith after getting a reprieve.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            Couldn’t it be that they are prioritizing trying to get hits/runs over trying to get the pitcher out of the game?

          • Havok9120 says:

            A good hitter SHOULD swing when he thinks it’s a good pitch to hit, regardless of what the pitcher’s situation or what happened with the last pitch. The reason you take a pitch is to get a good one to swing at later in the AB.

  115. WhittakerWalt says:


  116. your mom says:

    This offense, this game, FAIL.

  117. WhittakerWalt says:

    I’d just like to point out that there is a Spanish word for retirement.
    (radio listeners only)

  118. Mike Axisa says:

    Can’t wait for the Yankees to coddle Ichiro and have him take playing time away from the other guys once Granderson returns.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Do you really think they’re going to sacrifice Gardner’s ABs for Ichiro if he’s not hitting? Of course they are who am I kidding

      • JohnnyC says:

        Gardner did a fine job of sacrificing his ABs all by himself today. Swinging at the first pitch and hitting balls in the air. Smart.

  119. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damnit Swish…with your Garbage Time nonsense.

  120. Kramerica Industries says:

    1 run in 8 innings from this pitching staff. Stellar, as usual.

    What a waste it would be to lose this.

  121. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    CoJo’s looked fairly solid at 1B.

  122. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Nice how can they send this kid back down

  123. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m only listening on the radio, but I’m very impressed by Corban Joseph’s play at first today. It sounds like he’s made a couple nice plays.

  124. Jim Is Bored says:

    Cano single, Hafner 2 run bomb.

  125. JLC 776 says:

    Alright, guys. Focus for one inning. Solid ABs, get something going, and put up a crooked number. I don’t want to HAVE to win the second game!

  126. WhittakerWalt says:

    Tip your cap game, I guess.

  127. Wheels says:


  128. your mom says:

    Masterson = embedded Red Sox

  129. teddy says:

    this could turn into a 3 game losing streaks, losing next game, then felix tom

  130. Jim Is Bored says:

    Why wouldn’t we ph with wells here?

  131. Winter says:

    Still alive.

  132. Leg-End says:

    0 Runs, about what I expected with that lineup if Cano or Hafner don’t run into one.

  133. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    PH Wells?

  134. Havok9120 says:

    Alright Vern. Bust a move here.

  135. Winter says:

    OK, Vernon. We need a hit. Don’t swing for the fences.

  136. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well done, 0ffense.

  137. WhittakerWalt says:

    I always hated fireworks.

  138. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Well that was an unfortunate waste of good pitching.

    Show us something, Vidal.

  139. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Oh Well.


  140. Havok9120 says:

    Oh well. Try again in 20 minutes.

  141. The Real Greg says:

    Just figures that we have to come back to Cleveland when they are playing well.

  142. yankees=warriors says:

    What a terrible game, totally boring!

  143. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Can’t wait for the 4 Ben Francisco PA’s coming up in the second game.

  144. Winter says:

    This loss actually feels much better knowing there’s another game coming. Sure, we may not have a full roster or our best starter lined up, but any time you play you can win. Shake off this one, there’s more Yankee baseball today!

  145. your mom says:

    Offense: F
    Pitching: A-

    Offense better show for the night cap.

  146. PFOJ says:

    At least they lost efficiently.

  147. teddy says:

    guess no marshall today

  148. The Real Greg says:

    Honestly, that was a complete waste of 2 hours.

    Hopefully the tenet stands that usually double headers are split, but I came into today thinking that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Indians sweep the double header considering the situations.

  149. JLC 776 says:

    Orioles magic failed us today… oh well.

    Game just felt like a ‘get it over with’ affair. Hopefully they trade wins with the Indians and we go home with nothing really gained or lost.

    Fucking off-day double headers… nothing worse for the road team…

  150. trr says:

    not able to see the game, but doesn’t seem like much of an effort

  151. Dalek Jeter says:

    So game two, 3:35 start? Or is it just going to be the 20 minutes in between that Sterling told me is “tradition?”

  152. Tom Q says:

    So, is it permissible to moan and groan that the rainouts a few weeks ago might have cost us a win? Just for a minute or so, I mean. Because, given how the Yankees had mashed the Indians in the two games they played, it’s hard to imagine they’d have been shut down like this.

    • JLC 776 says:

      I think it’s permissible if there’s an interesting conversation about workarounds. Like a 148-game season that starts later and has more off days (or back to scheduled double headers?), starting the season in FL and AZ (out of the box idea), first two weeks only in warm-weather cities or sites with roofs?

      Just spitballin’…

      • JohnnyC says:

        They’ve tried the “warm weather” plan to open seasons before. Most of the warm weather teams hate playing most of the first month at home and losing home dates later in the summer when attendance peaks. MLB has to be fair to them too.

        • JLC 776 says:

          That’s true. Don’t remember them experimenting with that, but the reasons why it wouldn’t work make total sense.

  153. Elan says:

    What a joke -getting shutout 1-0 by the Cleveland Indians. If the Yankees lose the second game, it might just be the most embarrassing day in sports history. No excuse to blow games with first place on the line.

    • BFDeal says:

      You may want to get a grasp on reality.

    • Tom Q says:

      “the most embarrassing day in sports history”

      Just hyperbole, or outright hysteria?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      No excuse to blow games with first place on the line.

      I didn’t realize that the season ends on May 13th. This will be good news to my friends who complain that the baseball season is “too long” and that’s why they can’t get into it.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      Lol even as hyperbole that’s too much. “most embarrassing day in sports history”?

    • JLC 776 says:


    • Elan says:

      I’m not too sure why you all are so content with the Yankees getting shutout to Justin Masterson. He’s had a 4.50 ERA or higher in three of his six seasons. This is the New York Yankees here – real Yankee fans don’t accept mediocrity. George Steinbrenner made sure to stress that. Every game is important – what if the Yankees lost a playoff spot by one game, as many teams have done in the last few years? Would you still be fine with the punchless shutouts they had during the season?

      • BFDeal says:

        “Real fans”…bullshit. Who says we’re “accepting mediocrity”? Every team gets shut from time to time, no matter how good they are. You seriously need a dose of reality or maturity.

  154. trr says:

    Outright hysteria, with overtones of a complete nervous breakdown

    • trr says:

      BTW, “the most embarrassing day in sports history” would be when my softball got hammered and lost to the wives/girlfiends/daughter team

  155. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Are losing game threads ever good at the end?

    OMG….. head spinning

  156. Get Phelps Up says:

    It only took one game for everyone to jump ship. Impressive.

  157. Mason Williams BAC says:

    In all fairness, that was a terrible showing by the Yankee offense. Everyone always talks about how they can’t hit lefties…but a side-arming sometimes on righty made them look AWFUL. It is just one game though so hopefully the bats wake up and they walk away with a split. Lets not get all doom and gloom just yet. Also, can we get Grandy back tomorrow? Enough of this “he has to be ready” bullshit out of girardi. He looks plenty ready and hes a huge upgrade over 90% of that lineup.

  158. trr says:

    El Nuno is pitching

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