May
13

Game 37: Let’s Play Two*

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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
  • SamVa

    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

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

    • Eddard

      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.

  • Eddard

    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

      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

      • MannyGeee

        Shit, Dalek reply fail. scroll down, read Dalek Jeters comment, then come back to me. KTHX

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • loudog27

    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

      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

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      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

        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.

  • trr

    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

      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

      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

        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

          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

      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.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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!

    • trr

      I know, WTF with that line-up!

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

      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

        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

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

        • Robinson Tilapia

          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

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

            • Robinson Tilapia

              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

        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

          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

        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

      Will they blow up the store at the end?

  • jjyank

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

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

      Two for Prussia!

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.”

  • Dalek Jeter

    Double Dip for Prussia!!

  • sangreal

    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.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ges-61011/

    • Dalek Jeter

      Probably changed in the new CBA?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      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.

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

      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

      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.

  • SDB

    Aw fuck, Jerry Meals is umpiring?

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    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.

    • jjyank

      No, screw Cabrera. They need to do with that Santana :P

      • jjyank

        do *that with* Santana. Edit Button!

        • Kramerica Industries

          Are you a “registered” RABer?

          I think this was introduced back in 2010, and registered members can edit their posts.

          • Dalek Jeter

            …no, no we cannot…that I know of anyway..

            • Kramerica Industries

              I could’ve sworn this was a feature in the past.

              Ah, well, whatever.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        OK, Santana and Cabrera.

        I’ll take a couple of 10-8 games.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          As long as Kuroda isn’t starting either of them that is.

          • jjyank

            We can agree there. I have Kuroda as well.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I love doubleheader lineups on a veteran team.

  • teddy

    masterdon looking good

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • jjyank

    Defensive catcher!

    • jjyank

      …or defensive umpire.

  • teddy

    he was safe thanks blue

  • Kramerica Industries

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

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jason Kipnis?

    • The Real Greg

      He’s a power guy.

      • jjyank

        His career high in home runs is 14. Not exactly Brett Gardner, but I wouldn’t call him a power guy either.

  • Brian S.

    Dammit Phelps!

  • teddy

    maybe should have save the a lineup for bauer

  • MannyGeee

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

  • trr

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

  • Brian S.

    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

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

      • jjyank

        His FIP is 4.12, so Brian might be right.

    • Havok9120

      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.

  • MannyGeee

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

    • jjyank

      No, I don’t have Cabrera. I have Santana and Swisher.

      • MannyGeee

        my bad, BanWagon has him. that makes me sad. It doesn’t affect me at all then apparantly

        • jjyank

          Just look at my team’s record, Manny. So shiny!

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      AssDribble better get his shit together. I have Aaron Hill coming off the DL with Kinsler and Segura as 2B and middle infielder so his head is on the chopping block

  • Havok9120

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

    Rally for Prussia!

  • MannyGeee

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

    Man, I miss that mutherfucker

    • trr

      not me; could never stand him, and he’s an all-time choker

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        He was a likable guy though. Even though he seemed to choke ever October, I still liked him

  • yankees=warriors

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

    • Brian S.

      I just use deodorant personally.

      • yankees=warriors

        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

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

          • yankees=warriors

            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

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      Polo Double Black or Explorer all the way.

      • MannyGeee

        Double Black is great.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Probably my favorite cologne. I’m really upset that I went to Explorer when I ran out of Double Black. Explorer is nice, but nothing compared to Double Black.

    • Havok9120

      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

        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

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

      • Dalek Jeter

        Haha, no, we understood you. We’re just making a play on words.

        • yankees=warriors

          Aha, ok ^0^.

      • Havok9120

        Nah, they’re just poking fun. It’s what we do here.

        Trust me, at this point they’re used to random German references.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Ha, that homer was absolutely annihilated. I could see how he’d be unsure.

  • MannyGeee

    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.

  • FachoinaNYY

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

    • Brian S.

      Yes it does. Any out made counts.

      • FachoinaNYY

        cool cool cool

  • teddy

    damm he looking nasty today

  • MannyGeee

    Unreal, Masterson is on his game today.

    • trr

      that ain’t exactly Murderer’s Row he’s facing

  • teddy

    joseph highest obp of all time

    • FachoinaNYY

      At least we raised his pitch count and got Gonzalez’s AB out of the way :/

      • FachoinaNYY

        Whoops wrong reply

  • teddy

    d@mm he saved a run

  • teddy

    atleast the yanks cleared the pitcher

  • Brian S.

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

    • Brian S.

      And Flores :(

  • WhittakerWalt

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

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

    • MannyGeee

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

      • Dalek Jeter

        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

        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

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

  • MannyGeee

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

  • Havok9120

    Alright guys, lets cash in here.

    *looks at lineup*

    Oh, great.

  • Brian S.

    Yay leave the bases loaded

    • The Real Greg

      With Gonzalez batting, were you expecting different?

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • MannyGeee

      HE needs to lean into a pitch there…

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    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.

    • WhittakerWalt

      As long as he doesn’t face Philbert.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Could be he figured it out? I mean we’re a month+ into the season now, and his K’s have been declining every year since 223(!!!) in 2009.

      • The Real Greg

        Possibly, but his average still has always been low. So he should come back in that regard.

    • trr

      Shhh, he’s on my fantasy team.
      Uh-oh I just hushed you in front of everybody!

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Havok9120

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

      Eh.

      • The Real Greg

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

        • Havok9120

          Is today his day in the rotation?

          • Dalek Jeter

            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

              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.”

  • WhittakerWalt

    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.

    • WhittakerWalt

      OK, they were right about him.

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Brian S.

      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

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

  • trr

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

    • The Real Greg

      SMH as Gardner swings at ball 4.

  • trr

    way to start it off

  • teddy

    suprise brett chased that pitched

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

    • Dalek Jeter

      29th* but still.

      • jjyank

        For shame. To the bus with you!

    • trr

      on an Alberto Gonzalez throwing error

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Who was pitching for the Yankees in the 39th inning, Hal or Hank?

      • Dalek Jeter

        It was actually a walk-off homer by Brantley off of Phil.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    • The Real Greg

      Did Girardi actually say that? If he did then he is being an idiot.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Not wanting to use a reliever 5 out of 6 days immediately after returning from an injury is being an idiot?

        • JLC 776

          Damn – didn’t realize he’s been used that much!

          • Havok9120

            All these close games take their toll.

        • The Real Greg

          Didn’t realize he’d been used 5 out of 6 days. That’s okay then.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            He’s been used 4/5. Today would make 5/6.
            Same situation for Mo.

        • Havok9120

          Well of course it is. We all know better than any “professional,” after all.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Still 3 in a row and 4 out of 5, coming back off of that tightness or whatever he felt.

    • WhittakerWalt

      *pitches

    • JLC 776

      Is that for both games today, or just (for some arbitrary reason) for the first game?

  • The Real Greg

    Those kids have cajones to have that sign up.

    • jjyank

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

      • The Real Greg

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

        • jjyank

          Like Plouffy said below, so what? What would happen? The kid’s parents are there, so what is the school gonna do? Lighten up a bit Greg, not everything is so serious.

          • The Real Greg

            Yeah I know. The parents are probably there.

            • jjyank

              The little girl was like 8 years old standing with her father.

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                Child protective services could put those kids into foster care.

                Now wouldn’t that be a bitch!

                • vicki

                  their parents are raising them indians fans; reason enough to call cps.

      • Dalek Jeter

        They could get grounded?

        • JLC 776

          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.

          • Havok9120

            Well done, sir.

      • MannyGeee

        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

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

      • jjyank

        A little girl (like, maybe 8 years old) and her dad had a sign that said “I played hooky to go to my first Indians game! Go Tribe!”

        And Greg things they’re going to get in some kind of trouble now.

        • The Real Greg

          No that wasn’t it.

          These kids had a sign up that said “Our Parents thing we’re school” or something like that.

          • The Real Greg

            *think

          • jjyank

            Are you watching the YES feed? I did not see that sign. They showed a little girl and her dad holding up a sign that said what I said verbatim.

            • The Real Greg

              Yes I am and that was clearly a sign. Lorenz and Kenny commented on it.

              • jjyank

                Did you not see the sign that I’m talking about?

                • The Real Greg

                  No I didn’t

                  We’ve been at cross purposes.

                  • Havok9120

                    Both were shown. The one Greg is talking about appeared a min after the one jj is talking about.

                    • jjyank

                      Guess I missed that one. I vividly remembered the first one though, so I assumed Greg was getting all antsy about an 8 year old with a sign.

                  • jjyank

                    Well then I think you’re crazy. I rewound my MLB.TV and saw, again, the sign I’m talking about, but not yours.

        • MannyGeee

          Cool dad… nuff said

  • WhittakerWalt

    Grrrrr

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • MannyGeee

    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.

  • Ron

    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)

      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

        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

        that’s not setting the bar very high

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

          • Dalek Jeter

            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

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

    • jjyank

      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

      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

        with the exception of 2008, correct. Thanks jj

      • Ron

        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

          “His regular season stats are meanigless.”

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

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          LMAO.

          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

          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.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Manny…for that first paragraph I award you 10 internets.

      • Brian S.

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

        • MannyGeee

          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

      Huh?

  • MannyGeee

    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.

    • Havok9120

      He’s got his A game out for the glory of Prussia.

      Hopefully we’ve not just jinxed him.

    • Eddard

      They don’t call him Big Game Dave Phelps for nothing. He knows the offense is thin today so he’s just keeping us in the game.

      • jjyank

        “They don’t call him Big Game Dave Phelps for nothing.”

        They don’t call him anything. You do.

        • Ted

          and we call u jjteller. Get my change, bitch.

          • jjyank

            Somebody doesn’t have their facts right. Go do your homework.

          • MannyGeee

            what? you’re just being a dick now. Not even a funny or witty one either.

            • Havok9120

              Or even accurate.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I didn’t realize they allowed middle schoolers to access sports blogs during computer class (is computer class still a thing, I haven’t been in middle school for like 12 years.)

            • Havok9120

              Still a thing. It’s often more for typing than general computer science at this point.

              • Dalek Jeter

                I remember having both in 5th and 6th grade, computer science where we’d learn programs like Excel, Word, and Powerpoint and typing class, which was earlier in the day taught us “The quick red fox jumped over the lazy dog.”

      • trr

        They don’t call him Big Game Dave Phelps
        There I fixed it for you

      • MannyGeee

        Who dafaq is “they”???

      • Havok9120

        Loyally keeping to his schtick.

  • teddy

    boesch needs to go, he useless

    • MannyGeee

      slow down, he hasn’t played in like 2 weeks. And also, he’ll be on the return flight to Scranton that Granderson takes to come up.

      • trr

        yup!

    • yankees=warriors

      Francisco should go first.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        One has no discernible role.
        The other is horrible at his role.

        Either way, they both need to go.

      • MannyGeee

        Certainly, but the move will be “like for like”, e.g. a LH OF for a LH OF. Plus, send the guy down with options before cutting someone .

    • trr

      you right, Tonto!

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      What do expect from a guy named “Nelson”

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        What do YOU expect

        • MannyGeee

          What do YOU mean “you people”? That movie is awesome.

  • Havok9120

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

    • Dalek Jeter
      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I honestly never realized Africa was that much bigger than the US.

        • Dalek Jeter

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....8zBC2dvERM

          just watch this Mr. BanWagon.

          • Havok9120

            Big Block of Cheese Day is awesome.

            • Dalek Jeter

              For pure entertainment, This might have been my favorite episode.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            Holy shit, that blew my mind.

            Is that true?

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, I’ve seen that map (or ones like it) making the rounds lately. I’m all for people finally figuring out how huge that place is.

    • trr

      that IS off topic! what made u think of that?

      • Dalek Jeter

        My friend posted it on facebook…and it blew my mind.

  • Havok9120

    THAT was a pretty great homerun staredown.

  • The Real Greg

    Phelps may be the ultimate 5 and fly pitcher

  • Anderson Silva

    Phelps just doesn’t look like starter material.

    • Havok9120

      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

        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

          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.

  • WhittakerWalt

    4 pitchers spots in a row. Harrumph.

  • JLC 776

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

    • MannyGeee

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Offensively deficient lineup continues to be deficient.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

      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.

  • MannyGeee

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

  • Jim Is Bored

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

  • Eddard

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

    • MannyGeee

      Just heard that… classic

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro…you fail.

  • Havok9120

    Nice bunt. Now make with the wheels.

  • MannyGeee

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

  • The Real Greg

    Yankees catch a break. Reynolds lost the ball.

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • The Real Greg

    Horrible Robbie.

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

  • MannyGeee

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

  • MannyGeee

    Can I get a Pronk Bomber?

  • teddy

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • yankees=warriors

    Damn, wasting a great outing from Phelps…

  • jjyank

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

  • Havok9120

    CoJo with the pick. Not bad.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Send him out for the 7th!!!

    • Havok9120

      I’ll be really, really surprised if they don’t.

  • yankees=warriors

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

  • Eddard

    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.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • The Real Greg

      Unless we run up his pitch count in the 8th, he’s going all the way.

  • your mom

    C’mon, HR CoJo.

  • Dalek Jeter

    “Corban Cork’s one”? Please?!

  • JLC 776

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

  • Havok9120

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    • The Real Greg

      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

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

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

  • Havok9120

    Darn it Kenny, you jinxed him.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

  • teddy

    phelps did a great job

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Please get it done, Boone.

  • JLC 776

    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…

  • mustang

    WOW!!!

    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

      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.

  • Winter

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      Homer by Kipnis in the first. That’s it.

  • Dalek Jeter

    DEFENSIVE CATCHER

    • WhittakerWalt

      Sterling called it a wild pitch, but who knows what the real story is?

      • JohnnyC

        the real story is he didn’t get in front of the pitch which is why it bounced up and hit him on the right shoulder.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Cookies for you Boone!!!

  • Havok9120

    Wheeeeeeew.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Nice escape there.

  • JLC 776

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

    Strikeout: FUCK YEAH!!!

  • mustang

    The has beens & wannabes bunch strikes again.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch)

      Add on!!

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        work in progress

  • teddy

    no overbay here

  • The Real Greg

    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

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

      • The Real Greg

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

        • Kramerica Industries

          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

      More how much he hates Romine.

    • Havok9120

      *facepalm*

  • Anderson Silva

    Gardner POS, why go after the first pitch?

    • The Real Greg

      He and Robbie have had horrible swings and decisions to swing.

  • your mom

    f’in great brett!

  • JLC 776

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

    • The Real Greg

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

      • JLC 776

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

        • The Real Greg

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

      • Havok9120

        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

          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)

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

          • Havok9120

            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.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Yawn

  • your mom

    This offense, this game, FAIL.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      Isn’t it jubilation?

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

    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

      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

        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.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Damnit Swish…with your Garbage Time nonsense.

    • WhittakerWalt

      REGULAR SEASON DOESN’T COUNT!!

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    What a waste it would be to lose this.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    CoJo’s looked fairly solid at 1B.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. He’s handled the couple tough plays quite well.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Nice how can they send this kid back down

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

    • your mom

      I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Claiborne. SSS though.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Cano single, Hafner 2 run bomb.

  • JLC 776

    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!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Tip your cap game, I guess.

  • Wheels

    Shit.

  • your mom

    Masterson = embedded Red Sox

  • teddy

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

    • Wheels

      C’mon dude.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Why wouldn’t we ph with wells here?

    • Jim Is Bored

      Sigh. I guess that’s why.

    • Wheels

      And there you go.

  • Winter

    Still alive.

  • Leg-End

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    PH Wells?

    • The Real Greg

      Yep

    • Jim Is Bored

      You have to, don’t you?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Yes

  • Havok9120

    Alright Vern. Bust a move here.

  • Winter

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well done, 0ffense.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I always hated fireworks.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Well that was an unfortunate waste of good pitching.

    Show us something, Vidal.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Oh Well.

    next

  • Havok9120

    Oh well. Try again in 20 minutes.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • yankees=warriors

    What a terrible game, totally boring!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

  • Winter

    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!

  • your mom

    Offense: F
    Pitching: A-

    Offense better show for the night cap.

  • PFOJ

    At least they lost efficiently.

  • teddy

    guess no marshall today

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • Havok9120

      I have no idea how you enjoy baseball.

      • BFDeal

        In Greg’s world, another division’s first place team is always better than the Yankees’ first place team.

  • JLC 776

    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…

  • trr

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

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • Tom Q

    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

      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

        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

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

  • Elan

    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

      You may want to get a grasp on reality.

    • Tom Q

      “the most embarrassing day in sports history”

      Just hyperbole, or outright hysteria?

    • Dalek Jeter

      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

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

    • JLC 776

      CATS AND DOGS, LIVING TOGETHER!!!

    • Elan

      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

        “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.

  • trr

    Outright hysteria, with overtones of a complete nervous breakdown

    • trr

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

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Are losing game threads ever good at the end?

    OMG….. head spinning

  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • trr

      Christ, I can’t wait to see a 5 game losing streak!

  • Mason Williams BAC

    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.

  • trr

    El Nuno is pitching