May
16

Game 41: Fast Start

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The Yankees and Mariners have split the first two games of this three-game series in very different ways. New York mounted a late-inning comeback in the opener before getting completely blown out yesterday. Did you know the Yankees have trailed after the first inning 14 times this year? They’ve had the lead after the first just five times, and they’ve been outscored 63-54 in the first three innings this year. Early runs and a fast start, please. Here’s the lineup that will face former Yankee Hector Noesi

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

And on the mound is 1996 Al Cy Young Award runner-up, left-hander Andy Pettitte.

The weather is damn near flawless in New York right now, so it’s a perfect night for baseball. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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572 Comments»

  1. trr says:

    Looking to have Pettite right the ship as he goes for his carrier win number 250

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

    Jayson Nix batting second.

    Enough said.

  3. Havok9120 says:

    *grumble grumble grumble grumble*

    iijdfsjhgrijfkmleknapo

    *GRUMBLE*

  4. Robinson Tilapia says:

    For Dellin, and for Prussia.

  5. Cuso says:

    Granderson hits two bombs tonight!

    Who’s coming with me? Who’s coming with me?

    (Someone grab the goldfish)

  6. Havok9120 says:

    Kill them with fire Andy.

  7. vicki says:

    looks to be pretty quiet around here. i imagine most of those who don’t have the flu are out enjoying the pretty weather. jerks.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Only the second night since I got home Saturday that I haven’t spent out on a boat. In return, I spent the day by my pool.

      • vicki says:

        are you still in nola? river? lake pontchartrain?

        jerk.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Now that school is out I came home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Chilling out on beaches and rivers and whatnot. We’ve been tooling around on a party barge, though this weekend we’ll actually be taking a boat out into the Gulf for some fishing. I, noted hater of fishing that I am, shall drink a ton and act as DJ.

          • vicki says:

            i had a good time in gulfport once.

            • Havok9120 says:

              I’m there fairly often, though Biloxi is definitely the better place in almost every way, especially entertainment wise. For bar crawling, Ocean Springs is probably best.

              Still, the Coast is a nice little place in a ton of ways.

  8. Mykey says:

    It’s been said, but Holy crap, Jayson Nix is batting second…

    • The Real Greg says:

      Well, Cano’s slumping, Ichiro’s slumping, Granderson just got back. Who else is going in the two hole? If Girardi wanted to shake it up a bit.

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

        The only worse choice for the #2 spot in that lineup would be Chris Stewart. And I’m not entirely sure he would be a worse choice.

      • Mykey says:

        I would take any of those names you mentioned.

  9. Wheels says:

    Pretty poor at bat Robbie

  10. The Real Greg says:

    This ump’s k zone is a bit small

  11. Wheels says:

    Ball six

  12. The Real Greg says:

    My scouts kept saying Ken Phelps! Ken Phelps!

  13. Mykey says:

    Crap call there. Works for us, but the home plate ump calling that does bother me.

  14. Mykey says:

    Ugh, knew that was coming with the whole, “They need him to get going” nonsense.

  15. Anderson Silva says:

    one of the worst lineups in the majors and this staff is having trouble with them.. amazing.

  16. The Real Greg says:

    All the sudden the starting rotation doesn’t look as good as did a few days ago.

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

      I disagree. Phelps was great, Nuno was great, CC was pretty good, Andy’s last start was good, and Hughes had one really bad game. Big deal.

      Andy just gave up one run. I’m not quuuuiiiiitttte ready to give up on Andy yet.

    • BFDeal says:

      Is the sky ever NOT falling with you?

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

    What’s with the two out runs with this team? Two strikes, two outs. Get the fucking final out, guys.

    • The Real Greg says:

      What are you talking about? This is the first time the starting rotation has looked shaky in about a month

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

        When did I say they were doing bad? I’m saying that, and it’s admittedly subjective, it seems like a lot of the runs they are giving up come with two outs.

  18. vicki says:

    bacon saved. get some runs.

  19. Eddard says:

    Ichiro just saved 2 runs.

  20. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Flat fucking stuff.Hope Andy’s not gonna be bad again. My liver is toast from last night.

  21. Wheels says:

    Asshole umps

  22. The Real Greg says:

    F Aaron Harang and his “bad back”

  23. Mykey says:

    So when we go down in order again, will we start to hear, “How could we trade a top prospect like Noesi?”

  24. Havok9120 says:

    Alright Adams. Time for some ribeye.

  25. Dan in Athens says:

    Why is Michael Morse allowed to play baseball? 3 roid suspensions before he came up as a SS and is now 250 lbs?

  26. Eddard says:

    Granderson’s power is back. Now drive him in, Adams.

  27. Mykey says:

    Save that ball.

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

    Way to be, Addy!!!!

  29. The Real Greg says:

    Adams!

  30. Anderson Silva says:

    yeah david!!

  31. Havok9120 says:

    Boom. Called it.

    Well done Mr. Adams.

  32. SDB says:

    Nicely done Adams!

  33. Eddard says:

    Adams already so much better than Nelson/Francisco.

  34. Anderson Silva says:

    Ichiro should have some pride and just retire. What a waste of money and a roster spot.

  35. WhittakerWalt says:

    Ichiro = pitcher’s spot

  36. The Real Greg says:

    And some people wanted Mr. 0-21 to bat second, is that correct?

    • Mykey says:

      Not quite as powerful an argument when the guy he’d be replacing is Jayson Nix. But sure, Ichiro wouldn’t be my first choice to bat second, but Nix certainly wouldn’t be either.

      Ichiro at least has an advantage in terms of speed there.

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

      Still a better option than Nix.
      But no, I wouldn’t bat him second.
      Nix,Ichiro, and Stewart should be 7,8,9.

    • Havok9120 says:

      While I am not one of them, those who would prefer him over Nix are not invalidated by that AB, his slump, his season as a whole, or his post-2010 crappiness. It’s Jayson Nix. Against a righty.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Well as I said, Nix has been on a bit of a hot streak of late.
        And it’s probably just for a game so it won’t have any long term implications.

        All I’m saying is if you have lemons….

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

          If you have lemons, bat them at the bottom of the order, and let better players get more ABs.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Yeah, I understand. And against left handers I really don’t have much of a problem with him in the two hole given the roster. But against a righty? I’d take Granderson, Ichiro, or Wells there before Nix.

          • vicki says:

            looks like skip went LRLRL with extra consideration for obp. here’s hoping adams makes a case.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              I don’t think I ever want a job where I could called “skip.”

              Then again, money’s not bad. Call me anything you want for mid six figures.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      There are players not named Ichiro and not named Nix that could have hit second. Cano, Wells, Adams, etc.

  37. Cuso says:

    That was a pretty swing by Adams. Don’t wanna act the fool about it.

    But that was just nice to see.

  38. Get Phelps Up says:

    I wonder if the guy who revoked his fandom over the Yankees releasing Adams has come back yet.

  39. Wheels says:

    Nice inning Andy

  40. Havok9120 says:

    Heh. Andy.

    Breathe folks. He’s got this.

  41. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So, to get this straight, now we’re supposed to exhibit huge amounts of righteous anger over Ichiro Suzuki. I just want to make sure I’m getting this right.

  42. CountryClub says:

    @ChasRiverDogs: Rafael De Paula has struckout 5 through 3 perfect innings. It’s 2-0 Dogs top 4

  43. Anderson Silva says:

    I wish Gardner could hit something. A league average bat would be greatly appreciated.

  44. The Real Greg says:

    Think Nix got jobbed there a bit. Not defending him, just stating my possible observations

  45. Wheels says:

    Nix goes down looking. Again.

  46. Mykey says:

    So Nix being 0 for 2 immediately invalidates the argument for batting him second, right?

    I’m pretty sure that’s how arguments work.

  47. McLovin says:

    I took the AP World Exam today and there was a question about Prussia. Go Prussia and Andy!

  48. The Real Greg says:

    Cue the DEFENSIVE CATCHER call

  49. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Go Andrew! In the basket.

  50. The Real Greg says:

    He just can’t find the plate

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

    C’mon Andy.
    Strikes please.

  52. Mykey says:

    So Montero goes to a team where you can grow a beard, and that’s what he comes up with, huh?

  53. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hope Joe doesn’t wait too long.

  54. Eddard says:

    Andy walked Montero? These are .200 hitters! Attack them!

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

    Stewart cost him that strike.

  56. Mykey says:

    Chris Stewart just cost that strike right there.

  57. Anderson Silva says:

    Andy has no idea where his pitches are going… he looks awful

  58. Pasta says:

    Would someone please put a bag over Romines head Andy can see him and its screwing him up.

  59. Anderson Silva says:

    good play by Overbay and Stewie there

  60. Eddard says:

    Smart play by Overbay. They weren’t getting 2 there.

  61. WhittakerWalt says:

    Fuck.

  62. The Real Greg says:

    And of course Ryan finds the hole

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

    Dammit.

  64. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 out, 2 strike RBI hits to Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan, what a joke.

  65. Eddard says:

    These are middling hitters that couldn’t hit anyone and Andy is letting them off the hook. Throw it in the dirt on 0-2.

  66. Havok9120 says:

    Oy.

  67. Anderson Silva says:

    that’s Brendan Ryan of the -1 OPS+ on the season hitting hard ball all over the field..

  68. WhittakerWalt says:

    Strikes would be nice.

  69. Andy Pettitte says:

    I blame Romine

  70. Wheels says:

    The stadium sounds so lifeless.

  71. Troll says:

    These are the goddamn Mariners! C’mon! This is getting to be re-goddamn-diculous! EXCLAMATION POINT!

  72. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy’s of tonight but he’s also getting squeezed.

  73. Khan noonan singh says:

    At least we are still in the game

  74. SDB says:

    Someone give Andy a five minute lecture on Otto von Bismarck while the Yankees are batting. That should inspire him.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I could do it if needed. Two minute recap is easy. With 5 minutes I could get into Frederick the Great AND the Great Elector too.

  75. The Real Greg says:

    Oh my lord, Robbie, come on

  76. Anderson Silva says:

    seriously, Robbie needs a day off.. he’s garbage right now

  77. Mykey says:

    Just me, or has Robby been chasing pitches lower in the zone more often lately?

  78. Eddard says:

    Robbie hits a little dribbler, Grandy hits a little dribbler. This guy isn’t that good and we know that.

  79. Troll says:

    Trade Cano! Bring back the Fonz! Bring back Womack! Bring back Knoblauch!

  80. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Run run run…

  81. The Real Greg says:

    Everybody seems to be late on Noesi’s fastball.

  82. WhittakerWalt says:

    Kurtis.

  83. The Real Greg says:

    Swinging at that offspeed pitch caused that strikeout

  84. Karl Krawfid says:

    Inconsistent strikezone.

  85. Rolling Doughnut says:

    So in this parallel universe Noesi is good but Granderson still strikes out a lot. And there is no Prussia.

    • Troll says:

      Well, at least the likelihood of Curtis breaking the K record is substantially diminished with a month’s worth of ABs in the dumpster . . . Silver Linings.

    • Havok9120 says:

      No Prussia?

      ……
      …..
      ….

      ..
      .

      *sobs*

  86. The Real Greg says:

    Uh oh

  87. Eddard says:

    Moose is a hall of famer. Andy is a hall of famer. They’re both automatic.

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

    Well that just sucks

  89. WhittakerWalt says:

    Yikes.

  90. The Real Greg says:

    Did anyone see anything?

  91. Anderson Silva says:

    that explains why he was off.. hope it’s not too serious

  92. Havok9120 says:

    Tight back I assume.

  93. Leg-End says:

    Oh man not another injury.

  94. Eddard says:

    Joe said Andy’s back was behind him, maybe it’s back. Who knows.

  95. fabricio says:

    fuck us

  96. Havok9120 says:

    Good thing Betances is up.

    *cackles*

  97. Karl Krawfid says:

    Greeeaaaaaaaaaat.

  98. sangreal says:

    Well, that sucks.

  99. Eddard says:

    I would bring in Mr. Adam Warren and see if he can give us a couple good innings. The offense needs to come alive.

  100. The Real Greg says:

    Amazing how the mood and situation of a team can change within a few days.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Your mood and situation, or even the mood of the insanely involved fanbase represented here, does not actually reflect that of the team. Down one run in the rubber game of a series with a two game lead in the division does not deterioration make.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Well it depends on Pettitte’s injury. If we win this game but lose Pettitte for a big length of time, then we’re in major trouble.

        • Havok9120 says:

          We could be, sure. Or Andy could make his next start with no trouble. Or he could miss one start and his replacement could do relatively fine. Or…

          Meanwhile, nothing has actually happened yet to actually “the mood and situation of a team.” Breathe.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Almost word for word what I was going to write. But then I figured why bother?

  101. Dan in Athens says:

    This has become ridiculous.

  102. Karl Krawfid says:

    I did notice Andy shake his shoulder/arm earlier after a K.

  103. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    I remember the shock/frustration I felt when I learned that Grandy, Tex, etc. got injured a few months ago. Now it’s at the point where I’m so desensitized that its just “meh”.

    That said I hope Andy is well.

  104. dkidd says:

    from certain angles, david adams looks a little like daniel craig

  105. Havok9120 says:

    Chris Stewart: He’s Got This.

  106. Khan noonan singh says:

    Stewie baseball player!

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

    Now’d be a good time to break out of your slump, Gardy.

  108. Eddard says:

    Stewey did it again. Now get that run home.

  109. dkidd says:

    holy crap

    oliver perez

  110. Khan noonan singh says:

    Squeeze here

  111. The Real Greg says:

    Useless Gardner

  112. WhittakerWalt says:

    Gardner strikes out too much for a guy who doesn’t homer.

  113. Anderson Silva says:

    I’d like to know what Gardner did to deserve to hit leadoff. He simply can’t hit

  114. Havok9120 says:

    Blargh. C’monnnnn Nix. Make me look wrong.

    ….

    (I still wouldn’t be)

  115. Khan noonan singh says:

    Gardner can not hit southpaws

  116. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Why didn’t they squeeze? Is it a binder thing?

  117. Anderson Silva says:

    only chance to score here is a wild pitch or balk

  118. Mykey says:

    Useful there. Very useful.

  119. Havok9120 says:

    Darn.

  120. SDB says:

    Ugh. So much for that possibly rally.

  121. dkidd says:

    whatever

    we’re still winning this game

  122. The Real Greg says:

    Gardner is just a awful offensive player for a starter. Nix has to start because of injuries, but Gardner, my goodness.

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

      Gardners a slightly below league average hitter.

      Ichiro is an awful offensive player for a starter. As is Stewart.

      • The Real Greg says:

        He’s hitting .250 as a leadoff hitter. He has a .322 OBP as a leadoff hitter. That’s unacceptable

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

          He shouldn’t be hitting leadoff. He’s better suited to the bottom of the order.
          But he’s the best leadoff option they have right now. And his numbers should improve a bit.

          • The Real Greg says:

            But they were planning for him to hit leadoff all along. That was the plan all along. If what you say is true, then it’s a complete disaster in planning.

            • Havok9120 says:

              There was never any better option.

              And no one here, even hard-core optimists like myself, even seriously said the team’s construction was optimal.

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

              If he hits to his career numbers, he’d be about average for a leadoff hitter. Not great, but not exactly a disaster.
              And if Jeter was healthy, they’d have options if Gardner didn’t work out. They only NEED Gardner to hit leadoff because of all of the injuries. He would just be one potential option if not for all of the injuries.

            • Get Phelps Up says:

              Pretty sure the plan was for Jeter to hit leadoff.

    • Troll says:

      I agree, but it never seems as though anyone else does. He’s a one-tool player. I never believed that he was starter-capable . . .

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      He’s not exactly the On-Base Machine we were led to believe he’d be.

  123. Anderson Silva says:

    It’s amazing that a team can win while starting both Ichiro and Gardner in the OF.

  124. Wheels says:

    Shit dammit

  125. JonS says:

    K or Hr, K or HR…sigh.

  126. Anderson Silva says:

    that was amazing, he crushed that.

  127. The Real Greg says:

    What did I say about mood?

    Losing 2 of 3 to an under .500 team (maybe) while maybe losing your number 3 starter to injury.

    • Havok9120 says:

      The same things you always say. You’ve been wrong well over half the time since you’ve started saying them here last season.

      Color me unimpressed by your talents as a Seer.

      • The Real Greg says:

        So if I’m wrong, that means they’ll win this game right?

        • Havok9120 says:

          No. Because this is baseball and sometimes teams lose games to other teams that aren’t as good. See, this is part of the problem. You see what happens and you come up with these emotionally-based, incredibly illogical, generally worst-case scenario reading of the issue.

          Emotionally-based, incredibly illogical, generally worst-case scenarios are sometimes correct. Usually they’re just panicky nonsense. And you know it, too, because you’ve said as much before. That hit Granderson got just now? If I was so-inclined I could argue that that’s the big hit that’ll light a fire! Everyone will take their cue from that. 2-out rally to tie and win the game because the team is driven to win it for the now-injured Andy. And I’d have just as much evidence for that as you do for your “a pall has formed over the team” theory.

  128. SDB says:

    Gardner’s reputation seems to be strongest when he’s injured for a long time, and we’re all imagining him to be this wonderful player that can keep getting on base, getting contact when needed to, and raising hell on the basepaths. Next time I’ll just believe in unicorns.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Boy, you said a mouthful. Every time he’s injured people talk like “when Gardy comes back it’s like trading for an all-star outfielder!”

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

        All-star OF is an overstatement, but solidly above average overall value is pretty much a lock if he’s healthy.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Isn’t he healthy now?

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

            Yes. I meant if he stays healthy (or mostly healthy) over the full season.

            • WhittakerWalt says:

              Well if he’s healthy, starting, and leading off for us, I’d sure like him to start making some things happen.

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

                That would be nice. He’s definitely off to a slow start this year.
                Ideally, they wouldn’t need him to leadoff.

  129. Dan in Athens says:

    Drafted as a SS. 3 minor league steroid suspensions. Now 40 pounds even heavier. Why is he allowed to play?

  130. Eddard says:

    They’re going to end up losing the series to Michael Morse, Hector Noese and the corpse of Raul Ibanez.

  131. Troll says:

    This team went from “fun to watch” to being a fu**ing travesty. It was a nice stretch while it lasted. Hopefully a new hero steps up soon. Couldn’t rely on Youkilis, Wells, Overbay, Cervelli, and Hafner forever. Woe is me.

    • Wheels says:

      That’s a little premature

      • Troll says:

        It’s just my personal reflection. I came into the season with the lowest expectations. Like, I didn’t even want to know their statistics, record, or transactions. But, I started to appreciate the whole over-achieving underdog narrative. It was fun. It was exciting. It was a warm and touching story. Also, I didn’t have to bear the inevitable Teixera pop-ups and Granderson strikeouts. Now . . . I have an irrational (though I believe it IS rational) dislike of Gardner and the starting lineup is straight up ugly, especially when the rotation shows signs of imploding. And Cano, good golly, his slumps are atrocious and appalling to watch. Whatever it is, something’s clicked and the fun’s been sapped from this team. It’s almost as though the magic disappeared when Ichiro hit the dirt. We need his sorcery to continue the team’s success. He needs his powers back!

        • Wheels says:

          Ha, maybe. Im gonna give it a little more time, lets see where we are at the end of the Blue Jays series

          • Troll says:

            True. That will be a good gauge . . . but then there’s the Red Sox at the end of the month, I believe. May. The month of May. This is the real test, I guess.

    • The Real Greg says:

      This is what I mean. In 2 frickin’ days.

    • Johnny Wise says:

      Spoken like a true bandwagon fan.

  132. Khan noonan singh says:

    Morse= juicer should bebon the bluejays.

  133. Liam says:

    What’s up with Michael Morse’s eyes?

  134. Leg-End says:

    We will win this game.

  135. WhittakerWalt says:

    Guys! This is Oliver Perez! FINISH HIM.

  136. Anderson Silva says:

    7 runs in 25 innings against one of the worst teams in the league. The Yankees are very lucky they won 1 game. What a fucking joke of an offense.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Now that’s a bit unfair because Seattle has a good 1-2 in Felix and Iwakuma. And they have a good bullpen. The fact that Hughes imploded is the object of ire.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Hughes made the game non-competitive yesterday. There was barely even a chance to come back against Iwakuma. If it’s a competitive game maybe we rally against Iwakuma.

    • Troll says:

      Yeah. Granderson was never going to add much of anything . . .

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Including 2 games against 2 of the best pitchers in baseball.

  137. Eddard says:

    Seattle has a middling lineup, middling pitchers and they can’t do a damn thing.

  138. WhittakerWalt says:

    Kurtis again?

  139. Eddard says:

    Hit a HR off this guy Grandy and shut him up.

  140. Eddard says:

    Now would be a good time for another one of those doubles.

  141. sangreal says:

    why even bother pitching to Adams with Ichiro on deck

  142. Troll says:

    Ugh. A game of squandered opportunities. These are the worst to watch and witness. I want to look away but I keep on coming back!

    • The Real Greg says:

      I got out but they keep puling me back in.

      • Troll says:

        Here’s to more blowouts and pitching duels! Win or lose, those games are simply more entertaining. (And less stressful, because, let’s be honest, this brand of pinstriped shittery is particularly taxing.)

  143. Havok9120 says:

    Boone “Scott Proctor” Logan.

  144. Karl Krawfid says:

    Kelly K’s everything jeez.

  145. The Real Greg says:

    I would say though about mood that a lot of Yankee fans still don’t believe in this team despite being 10 over. They are just expecting or waiting for the other shoe drop. And any loss or another key injury could be the other shoe dropping. So this year, I think the wild overreaction is more present and maybe even a bit more understandable

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

      The wild overreaction is equally present every year.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Yeah present wasn’t the right word. Maybe a bit more common is the way I want to go. Not just by us but by other fans

    • Troll says:

      For me, the other shoe is worn by my diminished expectations of the calvary returning. Is this team truly better with Tex, Grandy, Youk, and Cervelli? I suppose, but the two that I see having the greatest impact are Jeter and A-Rod, and who knows what’s going to happen with them. Pineda is obviously the wildcard here.

      • Winter says:

        Over the last two years, A-Rod and Jeter have combined for 11.1 WAR. Teixeira and Granderson have combined for 15.7 WAR.

        • Troll says:

          I don’t put much stock in “WAR”. The strikeouts, pop-ups, and weak dribblers between the two of them are enough to warrant my general, half-assed disdain. I just have a positive feeling concerning A-Rod’s return. I think he’ll be able to add a touch more than Teixera and Kurtis. But, don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to see 25 and 14 buck the downward trend and return to their once elite status.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I can go with a bit more understandable. But you were here for pretty much all of last season, and we’ve still yet to come anywhere near some of the insanity we had there. I mean, remember the insanity present here during “the collapse” when the team blew nearly all the stockpiled lead in the standings? You would have thought NYC had quite literally burnt to the ground while tornadoes leveled the rest of the East Coast and a Armageddon-type meteor was on a collision course for Westchester.

      • The Real Greg says:

        I think that has to do with lowered expectations as Troll mentioned earlier. People are hedging their bets on this start. Frankly IMO, optimism and the Yankees broke up this offseason.

        • Havok9120 says:

          There’s enough people around here (and even a good many in the real world too) that have been feeling good about the team for most of the time for that to not be true though. *shrug*

      • Dan in Athens says:

        Hey, BTW, was just busting your balls earlier after you made a very valid point. Nothing personal.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Same. I only realized after re-reading that I hadn’t taken proper steps to make sure that that would sound playful instead of dickish, and you and I don’t have the rapport for you to be assuming I wasn’t being a dick. No harm done I don’t think.

  146. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Idk… Kelly was looking pretty good.

  147. The Real Greg says:

    Damn I thought Logan had worse numbers than that.

  148. Troll says:

    The magic is back!

  149. Brian S. says:

    Think you have to pinch hit for Chris Stewart here. Even if he ends up doing something good.

  150. SDB says:

    Ichiro gets a hit, and Verlander’s getting clubbed around Arlington (8 ER, 2.2 IP). What’s going on here?!

  151. WhittakerWalt says:

    LOL at Sterling describing Joba as one of “the big guys” in the bullpen.

  152. The Real Greg says:

    I would be really tempted to have Gardner bunt.

  153. Troll says:

    Damn, that’s some Funky Cold Medina.

  154. Eddard says:

    Stewey’s had some great at bats tonight. Now bunt Gardner, he can’t do much else.

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

    Awful AB

  156. The Real Greg says:

    Should have had him bunt.

  157. Eddard says:

    And he just stood there. Get that piece of shit out of the leadoff spot.

  158. WhittakerWalt says:

    Gardy is really coming up big tonight.

  159. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Gardy can’t bunt, but he sho’ can whiff.

  160. Winter says:

    Double steal.

    Just kidding. Kinda.

  161. Get Phelps Up says:

    So I guess Pronk probably isn’t available tonight.

  162. Brian S. says:

    Gardner used to be my favorite player but he’s starting to annoy me. I wish he would go back to how he was in 2010-2012.

  163. WhittakerWalt says:

    Yanks sure have made a lot of weak contact in this series.

  164. The Real Greg says:

    We needed that one out earlier.

  165. Havok9120 says:

    Whew. That was a nice play by Seager. Alright Cano/Wells.

  166. Winter says:

    Does this mean they’re not walking Cano? You don’t change pitchers right before an IBB…

  167. Rolling Doughnut says:

    So they’re going to pitch to Cano. Get fired up Robbie, let’s go.

  168. Troll says:

    Top 5 in the lineup are 0-15 with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Pathetic.

  169. vicki says:

    this guy’s the raper, right?

  170. SDB says:

    The way Cano’s been striking out recently, may be safer for them to pitch to him instead of Wells.

  171. Get Phelps Up says:

    Nice job Brendan.

  172. The Real Greg says:

    The shift backfires

  173. Leg-End says:

    Caught a break, make them pay.

  174. Eddard says:

    This acting manager is worse than Girardi with all these pitching changes. Hopefully it costs him the ballgame.

  175. Winter says:

    I missed most of the game, what happened to Wedge?

  176. Troll says:

    Swinging at the first pitch, huh Cano? Regardless of outcome, isn’t this why he shouldn’t make the mega-bucks? Utter lack of plate discipline . . .

  177. The Real Greg says:

    And now Chris Stewart’s hurt

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

    Looks like he pulled his left nut.

    Bobby Wilson, welcome to the Bronx.

  179. The Real Greg says:

    Again swinging at the first pitch. And if that was right down the middle at 85mph, you gotta get a better swing than that.

  180. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Unbelievable.

  181. Eddard says:

    Just call up the entire AAA roster, they’ll eventually be needed at the rate these injuries are happening.

  182. The Real Greg says:

    If you thought our catching offense was crap now, it’s gonna get a lot worse.

  183. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    One game we lose Nova and Cervelli, another game we lose (potentially) Pettite and Stewart. Getting really old now.

  184. Leg-End says:

    At this point if Stewart is hurt, just let Romine catch everyday and have Murphy up, I don’t want to see any part of Wilson’s mendoza line offense.

  185. Havok9120 says:

    Wow. My computer dies for 3 minutes and we lose another player?

    We did gain a run though. Hmm. Hey, Benny…we need you for something quick…

  186. Winter says:

    So who’s the emergency catcher. Nix? Vernon?

  187. The Real Greg says:

    Tight back again for Pettitte.

  188. Havok9120 says:

    Dude’s trying to show up Mo by breaking all these bats.

    Cut him. Now.

  189. Rolling Doughnut says:

    2 runs in 2 innings. It.can.be.done.

  190. The Real Greg says:

    One more injury happens and I am breaking out the M*A*S*H* theme

  191. Erica says:

    These injuries are getting to be a bit too much. I mean, I have a bum knee and I can still mildly hobble around every day. TOUGH IT OUT, MENFOLK IN PINSTRIPES.

  192. WhittakerWalt says:

    Ma and Pa are flummoxed. They thought Pettitte hurt his back, but it turns out he hurt his trapezius. Oh, OK. Because that’s not part of your back.

  193. The Real Greg says:

    I don’t care that Overbay fouled out, he took up 11 pitches with that at bat. That’s valuable.

  194. The Real Greg says:

    Let’s see if Grandy can still steal a bag

  195. Havok9120 says:

    Let’s get this going boys. We still got this.

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

    C’mon Ichiro. Do something big.

  197. The Real Greg says:

    They’re going to walk Ichiro

  198. Havok9120 says:

    Sad face.

    Up to Romine and the top of the order to get this done. Let’s keep this at one run.

  199. WhittakerWalt says:

    Did Ichiro swing at a ball or a strike there? They won’t say.

  200. The Real Greg says:

    What can you do? Brian Cashman and his Ichiro decision are looking worse by the day.

  201. Eddard says:

    Yeah, why pitch around one automatic out to get to another? This way they have Romine, Gardner and a struggling Robbie Cano due up next inning for the closer.

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

    So it’s going to come down to Romine, Gardner, and Nix in the 9th.

    Not exactly reason for optimism.

  203. The Real Greg says:

    And now Toronto comes in, even though we’ve dominated them, they’ve won 4 in a row and are playing well. No landing spots.

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

    Way off topic, but somebody paid $1.9M for a topless painting of Bea Arthur.
    http://www.usnews.com/news/ent.....19m-in-nyc

  205. Havok9120 says:

    That was a pretty good play. Needed a better throw though.

  206. Havok9120 says:

    Oh no. Their closer’s name is Wilhelmsen. What the fuck are we supposed to do if he’s Prussian?

    Screw it. Dude’s a traitor. We got this.

    He’s probably from Hanover anyway.

    • Dan in Athens says:

      He’s a Swede. F him.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Swedish? SWEDISH?

        They’ve been our arch-nemisis for freaking centuries. Gotta get this done.

      • Havok9120 says:

        I saw and responded to you up above by the way. Quick summary: totally my bad for not realizing who was posting and making my comment sound as playful as I meant it. No reason for you to assume I wasn’t being a dick.

  207. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Sox-Rays: Sox have 1st and 2d no outs top 9, down 3-1.

  208. The Real Greg says:

    That was ball 4. And Romine is f’ing slow

  209. Havok9120 says:

    Damnit. Romine runs like Tex.

    I don’t blame him for swinging there though. The ump’s been calling that low strike alllllll night.

  210. The Real Greg says:

    WHAT THE F*** IS GARDNER DOING

    • The Real Greg says:

      That was to the bunt but he got a base hit.

      Could have used that earlier though. Let’s see what happens.

  211. Eddard says:

    Finally the leadoff hitter gets on base. About time.

  212. Wheels says:

    Time to win this

  213. Havok9120 says:

    Pound this Swede. We need revenge for the Thirty Years War.

    Get off to the races Brett.

    • Brian S. says:

      I think Prussia and Sweden were allies.

      • Havok9120 says:

        It was still Brandenburg. And they were, on and off. And yet the “Swedish menace” was burnt into Brandenburg-Prussian memory well into the next century. They looted and leveled large stretches of the province over the course of the war. The electorate lost something like 2/3s of it’s population, largely due to Swedish occupation of it.

  214. Winter says:

    Gardner has to run, right?

  215. Get Phelps Up says:

    Man I wish Pronk was available.

  216. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Get to second. NOW

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

    Don’t be a statue, Brett.

  218. Eddard says:

    I would steal 1st pitch. Montero couldn’t throw out Romine.

  219. Get Phelps Up says:

    Yikes Jesus.

  220. The Real Greg says:

    The problem is if Nix gets out they’ll walk Cano.

  221. Eddard says:

    I’d steal 3rd the next pitch. He can’t throw.

  222. capitalT says:

    Steal 3rd too

  223. Winter says:

    Wow. Gardner probably had that stolen anyway, but Montero was slow with the throw, then it was way off-line.

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

    There ya go, Brett.

  225. Wheels says:

    Yeah baby

  226. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Take 3rd Montero sucks

  227. Havok9120 says:

    Oh Hell yes Gardner.

  228. Vintage says:

    Embedded Yankee Jesus Montero

  229. Winter says:

    Brett Gardner and the Magic Oven Mitt

    A picture book for Yankees fans.

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

    So glad Nix was batting second.
    Want him to get as many AB’s as possible.

    • Troll says:

      Seriously, where’s the chorus humming the tune of “Batting order doesn’t matter over the course of a season!” Well, it could very well cost them a game tonight . . .

  231. Troll says:

    F (U) Rodney. You suck!

  232. Eddard says:

    Damn it Nix. They won’t throw anything to Robbie. Who’s idea was it to have Nix in the 2 hole.

  233. capitalT says:

    nice nix. worst possible outcome.

  234. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Okay Cano, please do not hit a weak grounder.

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

    Steal home. Montero still couldn’t throw Brett out.

  236. Jack says:

    Fuck it, steal home too.

  237. Havok9120 says:

    Aaaaaaaaargh. He really wanted that sac-fly. Ugh.

    Alright Robbie. This is where you’ve gotta do your thing.

  238. Freedom says:

    Steal home. it’s the only way this game is going to be tied.

  239. The Real Greg says:

    I’m shocked they aren’t walking him

    • Havok9120 says:

      I’d be hugely tempted to walk him AND Wells and pitch to Overbay.

      Which is just one more reason I’ll never manage in the MLB, but still.

  240. Winter says:

    And they’re pitching to Cano…

  241. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you Nix

  242. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jayson Nix always does something to help the team.

  243. Vintage says:

    Steal home! Montero wouldn’t be able to throw him out.

  244. Troll says:

    Wow. Fucking Red Sox. My potty mouth could not be contained.

  245. Freedom says:

    Red Sox are heating back up. First place will be gone by Monday. Yankees sux

    • Troll says:

      Granted you’re likely a Red Sox fan, the Blue Jays have a better shot at winning the division than Boston.

      • Freedom says:

        Red Sox are better than toronto. The blow jays are not winning anything. GO play hockey moron.

        • Troll says:

          Oh, because I’m Canadian, right? My bad. Must’ve slipped my mind. Poor Bostonians, all they have are sports, and even then, they have nothing.

  246. Dalek Jeter says:

    Welp…I got in at an interesting time…

  247. The Real Greg says:

    Just not enough good players to win.

    There goes the mood.

  248. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand weak grounder. Fuck the Mariners and there 60 relievers.

  249. Matt says:

    3 times they had a runner at 3B with 1 out. 3 times they struck out.

    Inexcusable to have such pathetic at bats in those situations.

    Another huge assist to Girardi for batting Jayson Nix, one of the worst players on the roster, in front of Cano. Does Girardi realize he is OPS’ing under .600 on the season? Only a clueless idiot would be so concerned about breaking up lefties in the order that he would bat a terrible right hander in the two spot.

    • The Real Greg says:

      For who Matt?

      Hafner was unavailable.

      • Matt says:

        Wake up. Girardi could have put him 8th or 9th like any other manager in the major leagues would have done. You really are clueless.

        • Havok9120 says:

          He just misunderstood what you were saying, I think. He’s not clueless.

          • The Real Greg says:

            No I meant who are you pinch hitting for Nix in that situation. Not whether you are batting 8 or 9.

            • Havok9120 says:

              Exactly.

            • Matt says:

              You don’t need to pinch hit for Nix if he is not batting second in front of your best hitters.

              Just stop.

              • The Real Greg says:

                Oh for God’s sakes…..

                • Matt says:

                  Stop being an idiot and this won’t be necessary. You will say or do anything to defend Girardi.

                  Nix should never bat second against a RHP. Period. If he isn’t batting in the wrong spot in the order, he doesn’t get as many at bats in those sort of spots.

                  It’s common sense to everyone, except you apparently.

          • Matt says:

            Doesn’t matter. He is still clueless. He always finds an excuse to defend Girardi no matter what he does. Batting Jayson Nix, one of the worst hitters in baseball, in the two hole is inexcusable.

        • Johnny Wise says:

          Oh, this is just precious…Matt calling Greg clueless. Pot, meet kettle.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Matt is a gutless troll. At least I comment the whole game. He only comes up to comment at the end of games.

            • The Real Greg says:

              Suspend me if you want, but it’s true.

            • Johnny Wise says:

              And only at the end of games they lose.

              • Matt says:

                And that matters because? I don’t need to post my every thought on this blog. I come here to vent about stupid moves like the one that was made in the game. You need to get off your high horse and stop thinking you are better than others because you post more often.

            • Matt says:

              So what? I don’t need to sit on the blog all night and discuss every single decision that is made in the game. I have better things to do.

              You seem to think that posting a lot makes you an authority, but if what you post is stupid then it doesn’t change anything.

              I come here to vent my frustration about the avoidable mistakes that are constantly being made out there. You need to get over yourself.

          • Matt says:

            What in the world are you talking about?

            Everyone in the world knows that Nix should never bat second against a righty, even in this lineup.

            Keep attacking me for no reason, but I am almost always right. You don’t like the honesty, but burying your head in the sand doesn’t change the outcome.

            • Johnny Wise says:

              “Almost always right” – that’s laughable. And stop whining about being attacked when you constantly attack anyone who disagrees with you.

              • Matt says:

                It’s only laughable to you because you criticize my posts regardless of their content.

                Just because you refuse to see it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

                I’m harsh in my assessments, but I don’t criticize just to criticize. I only go after someone when it is deserved. Batting Jayson Nix in the two spot against a righty is stupid even for Girardi.

                • Johnny Wise says:

                  This is the first time I’ve criticized one of your posts, however I have been around long enough to see that when someone disagrees with you, you lash out with “idiot” or “clueless”. Then you whine when someone calls you out on it.

                  Perhaps if you would stop being defensive about every reply, you would realize I did not attack your post about batting Nix 2nd…I commented on the fact you immediately called Greg clueless.

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

      2 times. Not that it makes it much better.

  250. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Regression to the mean ladies and gents.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Stop making Greg’s point for him.

    • Matt says:

      There is no such thing as regression to the mean. They were not getting lucky before and did not get unlucky tonight. They lost this game because they couldn’t put the ball in play repeatedly with runners at 3rd and less than 2 outs. This was a game that a major league team should win 90% of the time.

      • Johnny Wise says:

        Go get a degree in mathematics.

        • Matt says:

          Aren’t you cute? I do have one, and you are an idiot.

          There is no such thing as “regression to the mean” in the way that you are describing it. Just because they got some extreme outcomes before, it does not mean that they will get extreme outcomes the other way to “make up for it.” Each game is a relatively independent event.

          What you are looking for is “convergence in probability.” And it is only guaranteed in the limit of an infinite number of observations.

        • Matt says:

          And yes, they were bound to lose some games like this during the season. But it is not because of any sort of “overachieving” before. A game in which you K 3 times with the tying run at 3rd and lose by 1 is more likely to be the outlier than the others.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        If one assumes a random variable obeys any one of many mathematical models (Central Limit Theorem, for example), then the variable will tend to be measured at the avg. value. So, unless you think the Yanks are a .600 club, their avg will regress to the “mean”, which, admittedly, there are various sabermetric ways of estimating what the mean should be. But it ain’t .600

        • Matt says:

          Again. There is no such thing as “regression to the mean.” Every estimator in a finite sample has a distribution with a non-zero variance. Extreme outcomes can happen even in large samples, with low probability. Just because they have won some close games early, it does not mean that they will lose some close games later and end up at their “true” ability level.

          The distribution is basically memoryless. The previous outcomes don’t matter. If you play .800 ball over 10 games and then play at your “true” level of .600 ball for another 10, your winning percentage is .700, not .600.

          • Rolling Doughnut says:

            You are confusing sampling with measurement of a random variable. I also have a degree in Math (PhD) and although my specialty is not Stat, I know enough about it to believe you do not understand the idea of regression in general. Suggest you read, for example the following discussion which is focused on the regression toward the mean concept
            as it pertains to the study of phenomena defined by the repeated (at least two occasions) assessment of a
            particular variable:

            http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/d....._mean1.pdf

  251. Get Phelps Up says:

    Jayson Nix needs to steal Ichiro’s ticket to the sun.

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