May
17

Game 42: You Again?

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(Al Bello/Getty)

The Yankees just lost two of three to Mariners, only their fifth series loss in 14 tries this year. Two of their series wins have come against the Blue Jays, who are in town for another three games starting tonight. Come Monday, one out of every four games the Yankees have played this year will have been against the new-look Jays.

Toronto is still stuck in last place in the AL East, but they’re playing way better than they were a few weeks ago. They’ve won four straight and seven of their last ten, and the offense has scored at least ten runs in each of their last three games. The Yankees are going to have to be at their best to win a third straight series against their division rivals to the north. Southpaw Mark Buehrle is on the bump, and here’s the lineup he’ll face…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Jayson Nix
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Vernon Wells
  5. DH Ben Francisco
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. 3B David Adams
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Austin Romine

Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will be on the mound for the Bombers. The game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

Travis Hafner Update: Hafner (shoulder) took batting practice and said he’s available to pinch-hit. If a right-hander was on the mound, he would have started.

Categories : Game Threads
  • ClusterDuck

    Nix second and Bendover Francisco fifth.

    Geez.

    • Havok9120

      I’m okay with Nix batting second against lefties. Not excited, but not offended either.

      Ben Fran in the five spot though…

  • trr

    Andy on the DL, Stewart out- what (who’s) next. I think we need to win this game tonight if we’re gonna win this series

    • Winter

      What if Ben Francisco got hurt and they had to replace him with someone even worse?

      • trr

        Like who, my Aunt May?

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

          The original 90 year old lady or Sally Fields? Because that makes a difference.

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

          …Oh, YOUR Aunt May.. My bad. Still, it would help if we knew how she compared to Sally Fields.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Spider-Man?

          • trr

            Bingo

      • SDB

        Does this person exist?

        • Havok9120

          Elector George Wilhelm was a pretty sorry figure. He’d probably be worse.

          And maybe Bubba Crosby.

  • trr

    Nix batting 2nd, what could go wrong?

  • Havok9120

    Let us end their streak in the name of our wounded and Prussia.

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

    Anybody think we wrote off the Jays to early? I was never completely sure if we were right in burying them just yet.

    • Havok9120

      I didn’t think anyone had buried them. I thought we were all just cackling with glee at their poor start.

      Anyone who did bury them though definitely did so too soon, yes.

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

        I mean, ten game is definitely a lot, so I can’t completely blame the people who did bury them. They looked REALLY fucking bad.

    • vicki

      their rotation is still rough, but you knew the bats would show up.

  • vicki

    i hope vernon ate his wheaties.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Nix batting second again…

    Where is Granderson? Much rather him than Ichiro..

    • Havok9120

      Freshly back from an injury and getting a day off. *shrug*

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        And he had three hits yesterday too.

        • Dalek Jeter

          TEH LEFTY!!!

          • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

            Lol… but…but Ichiro…:(

            • Dalek Jeter

              Ichiro is a magician with the bat. he can do anything he wants. He can be a power hitter and hit 50 a year if he wanted to. What brainwashing? Jayson Nix is a ball player.

              • Havok9120

                And not just any player, but a professional player.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  Yes Havok. A professional baseball player. He always to do something to help the team. Even when he goes 0-4 w/ 3Ks and an Error. He always helps.

        • Havok9120

          Still though.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    I fail to see why Francisco remains on the team

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Incriminating pictures no doubt.

  • dkidd

    from the immortal “rio bravo”:

    random guy: a game legged old man and a drunk. that’s all you got?

    john wayne: that’s WHAT i got.

    no excuses!

    • Havok9120

      Wow. A Rio Bravo blast. I approve in the strongest possible terms.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nix, Ichiro and oh fuck Fransisco in the same lineup. Not to overstate the obvious but Hiroki needs to be very …good….

  • Wheels

    Nice night for a ballgame .

  • J.R.

    It’s lineups like these that really remind you what a great hitting catcher Posada was. Imagine if he were in his prime, he would probably be hitting 5th and this lineup would look even more dangerous.

    • pop

      +1

  • Dalek Jeter

    Really though Granderson against Kershaw>>>>>>>>>>>>>Francisco OR Ichiro vs Buehrle.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Ichiro at least has had some past success against Buehrle.
      As for Ben Francisco, I’m convinced Joey G and Cash are just trolling the fan base at this point.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Pre-2011 Ichiro has good numbers against Buehrle. Post 2011 Ichiro…I’m sure not so much.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          2011-2013
          333/300/333

          The ultimate empty average, but not all bad.

  • Wheels

    Paul O’Neill in the booth tonight is gonna bring us good luck.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The Yankees are 0-3 when I’m not listening/watching and taking part in the Game Thread…so I return for Prussia and The Yankees!!

  • Eddard

    Ben Francisco did hit his one and only HR off Mark Buehrle. That might have been the last time he played, actually. If you can’t hit Buehrle, you can’t hit anyone.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He’s 0-7 vs. Buehrle this year.

    • Dalek Jeter

      If you can’t hit Buehrle, you can’t hit anyone.

      Talk about hubris, I hope the baseball gods weren’t around for this…

      • Havok9120

        That quote brought to you by the same guy who’s convinced Josh Johnson is a terrible, terrible pitcher. Because reasons.

  • The Real Greg

    Its a sad state of affairs when we are foced to bat Ben Francisco 5th in a lineup. Although I might have switched Adams and Francisco

  • Eddard

    Hiroki is the Yankees most consistent pitcher and the ace of the staff. If they were voting for Cy Young, Hiroki would be at the top of the list.

  • The Real Greg

    So Pettitte did go on the DL? Oh crap….

  • Havok9120

    Wow. I’m actually getting a My9 game. Sweetness.

  • Dalek Jeter

    “[Bautista] has unusual numbers against Kuroda, he’s 2-10. Both Homeruns. He’s a homer hitter.”

    Sterling is off to a wonderful start…

    • Wheels

      Did he call Melky Cabrera the Melk Man?

      • Dalek Jeter

        No, but I’m sure that Melky was at second before Sterling called it a base hit, the call went something like “The ball……………………..is down the right field line…………for a……base hit.”

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Hanging slider. No no no don’t do that

  • Eddard

    HA! What a reaction by Hiroki. That’s why he’s the ace.

    • Winter

      ok…………………………

  • Havok9120

    That works. Do that 8 more times Hirok.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Don’t think that would get through anyways. Robbie looked like he’d be able to get to it.

  • Brian S.

    We need more Asian players

    • Brian S.

      I’m rooting hard for Refsnyder.

      • Havok9120

        Wait, you’re a Refsnyder fan?

        Who knew?

        :p

        • Brian S.

          Haha he’s one of my new crushes this season. Then again I’ll fall for anybody with a wRC+ above 150…

          • Havok9120

            Yeah, I know, but take a little more credit. You were blowing him up in the offseason as I recall. He’s done you proud so far.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Nice work Hirok. Lets get to Buehrle fast.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Kuroda by pitch count

    First 15 pitches: .362 .396 .489 .886
    16-30: .150 .271 .275 .546
    31-45: .143 .217 .190 .408
    46-60: .220 .220 .341 .561
    61-75 .143 .143 .143 .286

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Da speed!!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gardner at third…now it’s time for Nix to strike out on three pitches…

    • The Real Greg

      Didn’t even get the chance

  • The Real Greg

    That’s what I need to se more of from Gardner. Extra base hits, especially triples with his speed.

    • Dalek Jeter

      You do realize, even if he sets the triples record you’d only see it 36 times over ~600 ABs.

      • Havok9120

        And I assume that’s gotta be one of the KC guys from when they had that so-called “turf.” No Yankee is ever matching that.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Chief Wilson, of the 1912 Pittsburgh Pirates.

          • Havok9120

            Hmmm. Interesting.

            • vicki

              along those lines, i suspect many or most of the homeruns recorded in that era were of the inside-the-park variety. they played in caverns, some without delineated outfields.

              • Havok9120

                Yeah, that’s kinda what I was thinking.

  • Eddard

    SAFE! What an awful job in the OF by Melky.

  • Winter

    Now that is speed.

  • Havok9120

    That’ll do Brett. That’ll do.

    That was one looonnnng slide.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Go Gardy

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Try to forget you’re Jayson Nix right now, Jayson.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nix lefty splits

    .270 .378 .270 .648

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      powerful

      • Havok9120

        Still, I’ll take an empty .270 and a ~.380 OBP with the current roster construction.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Yeah, there aren’t many better options vs. LHP.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. Again I say, I’ve had no problem with him batting 2 against lefties. Doing it against righties is what’s caused me to be annoyed.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Right

        • Havok9120

          I love you after that thing with Matt last night, by the way.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    This Nix batting second thing is flabbergasting. Girardi was batting Cano 2nd for a while showing some apparent sabermetric understanding, and now he’s putting Nix there, because you want extra at-bats for one of your worst hitters.

    • The Real Greg

      Yesterday it was more of a concern because it was against a righty. He actually has decent numbers against lefties.

  • Eddard

    It’s like I said, if you can’t hit Mark Buehrle you can’t hit anyone. Knock him out in the 1st.

  • Brian S.

    Double steal!

  • forensic

    According to Sterling, Nix’s 5-13 line against Buehrle is one AB shy of .500.

    Huh???

  • Winter

    Is this a first inning lead? I’m not sure I understand.

    • Havok9120

      A rare and wonderful thing.

      I shall savor it.

  • vicki

    not just kuroda. say what you will about our situational hitting but we give as good as we get. the yankees’ staff has the lowest whip (and woba against) with risp in the league. second lowest xfip.

    • Brian S.

      Damn Wells what choo swinging at.

    • Havok9120

      Dannnng. I mean, that sounds right now that you mention it. But I wouldn’t have guessed that that was the case.

  • nsalem

    even Randy Winn had a great Yankee moment. Lets go Ben

  • Rolling Doughnut

    A rather clueless AB.

  • SDB

    If you can’t hit Buerhle around, you’re not an MLB quality hitter.

    If you can’t get an easy out with Ben Francisco batting, you’re not an MLB quality pitcher.

    Something’s gonna give.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Match: Buehrle.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ..It’s the first inning and Sterling is already making jokes about traffic on the Major Deegan. How can I kill myself, using only office supplies, with minimal mess?

    • Havok9120

      Swallow some open stables and tape your mouth/nose shut to avoid spitting out blood.

      • Winter

        Or, you know, just tape your nose and mouth shut.

        • Brian S.

          But then he could just breathe through his ears.

        • Havok9120

          Reflex would almost certainly prevent that from actually killing you.

          • Winter

            Clearly you just lack the willpower.

            • Dalek Jeter

              He lacks the will of the warrior.

              • Havok9120

                I’ve the blood of Prussia. Shut your whore mouth.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  Bitch you’re Polish!

                  • Havok9120

                    Yup. But that whole “Poland is famous for getting partitioned” thing isn’t simply a byproduct of WWII.

                    Or: your geography kung-fu is no match for my monkey-style.

            • Havok9120

              Maybe not me, but Dalek? Make no bets on his willpower.

              • Dalek Jeter

                I feel like bees are stinging my insides. and that last one went down sideways…

                • Havok9120

                  Panzy. You’ll be fine.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I feel like I’d need to swallow a lot of staples…

        • Havok9120

          You would. Till something tore. I wasn’t going for quick and painless.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Swallow some toner?

      • Havok9120

        By far the best bet. But I was going for sadism.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Svetlana?

          • Havok9120

            She’d work too.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Svetlana and I get along well…wait I mean..not that?

    • SDB

      Strangulation/hanging with a paper clip chain?

      • Havok9120

        Held by Svetlana. We’ve got this all worked out now.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    How many mistakes does Buerle have to make before they square one up? Answer: a lot

    • The Real Greg

      You realize they did score, right?

      • Havok9120

        Off a fielder’s choice groundout. Color me unimpressed. Happy, but unimpressed given what MB was throwing out there.

        • The Real Greg

          You take ‘em ANY WAY you get them.

          • Havok9120

            No doubt.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Uh, Cano and Bend-over got two meatballs each. AND they scored a run. Look up non-sequitur dude. You really say some silly shit.

        • The Real Greg

          Again, with this roster, you take runs any way you can get them. Never get greedy with this roster.

        • Havok9120

          I took the highroad with Greg after last night. Not sure how long that’ll last.

  • The Real Greg

    Predictable. Damn injuries.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow. Ben Francisco…please get off my team. I will make a deal with the Baseball Gods right now: Take Francisco from this team and Jayson Nix can bat 8th and play SS for the rest of the season…I won’t complain once.

    • Brian S.

      Francisco doesn’t play enough for that to be a good bet. We will eventually get Jeter back.

    • Havok9120

      Lies.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I swear. I wouldn’t make a peep about him for the rest of the season. I’d even begin to praise him, nonsarcastically occasionally.

  • Brian S.

    Off my team off my team off my team off my team

  • forensic

    Yay Francisco! Lefty mashing DH!!!

  • The Real Greg

    That scared for a bit given the way this year has gone

    • Havok9120

      Same.

  • nsalem

    Dumbest poll question I’ve ever seen

  • The Real Greg

    Other than Mo >>>> Rick Vaughn, you gotta go with the Cleveland Indians

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    The feeling I get watching HIROK pitch is a lot more pleasant than the feeling I get watching Hughes pitch.

  • Eddard

    Hiroki vs Buerle is the mismatch of all mismatches. The only question is how soon does the offense knock Buerle out of the game. The sooner the better as it will give them a short pen for the rest of the series.

  • Havok9120

    Robbed. Oy.

  • DLSIII

    Traffic issues probably due to train derailment on metro north. Can we talk about the game now?????

  • Brian S.

    First pitch is a ball, so swing at the second and third pitches in the same exact location.

    • The Real Greg

      Were you talking about Overbay or Adams?

      Because Overbay hit that ball solidly.

      • Brian S.

        Gameday said Kawasaki struck out now he’s at first?

  • The Real Greg

    So I guess Overbay, Adams, and Ichiro can’t hit anybody

    • The Real Greg

      Although Overbay got robbed.

  • The Real Greg

    The left handed 1st baseman strikes again

  • vicki

    you got faced, junior.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Sit down mf*!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Haha, nice job.

  • Brian S.

    What happened to BJ Upton?

    • The Real Greg

      He’s hitting worse than Jayson Nix, that’s what.

    • Havok9120

      His brother stole all his talent.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Plan: Knock out Buehrle, get into the rested Jays pen, let Kuroda hit for Benny badass.

    • Havok9120

      That would sure be nice.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Maybe rethink the Kuroda AB. With this club’s luck he’ll pull a hamstring walking to 1st after getting hit on the elbow with a Buerle 85 mph heater

  • vicki

    lol @ buehrle.

  • Brian S.

    lol walking Nix twice. Let’s go Bobinson!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    They need a better hitter behind Nix or he’s never going to get anything to hit.

  • The Real Greg

    Nix’s OBP: .317
    Gardner’s OBP: .326

    Let’s think about this.

    • Havok9120

      And now he’s stealing bases.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Nix wRC+ 66
      Gardner 95

      Nothing to think about.

      • Havok9120

        C’mon. We gotta let Greg get on a roll here at some point.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Saved me the post. I was just thinking the same thing.

      • The Real Greg

        I would expect for a starter to have a better wRC than a bench player. So that doesn’t surprise me.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I would expect for you not to have a point. So that doesn’t surprise me.

        • The Real Greg

          Especially a player that has hit leadoff basically all season over a guy who mostly has been in the lower part of the lineup

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Who said it should be a surprise?

            • The Real Greg

              Nobody. I just find it interesting that our leadoff hitter has a .009 better OBP than a guy who gets crucified. Just an observation.

              • Brian S.

                Well there is more to offense than OBP.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Again, he’s much, much better than Nix overall, and he’s only required to hit leadoff because of all of the injuries. He’s a slightly below average career hitter overall. He shouldn’t be hitting leadoff. In a lineup with Nix, Francisco, Romine, Ichiro, etc, there really isn’t much choice.

          • Havok9120

            A) Nix has not been a “bench player” this season.

            B) What? wRC+ doesn’t work that way.

            • The Real Greg

              But on mostly any other team he would be a bench player.

              • Havok9120

                Which means precisely what when comparing statistics from the two of them this season?

                • The Real Greg

                  Gardner’s stats should be much better than Nix’s.

                  The fact that their OBP’s are very close together is somewhat shocking.

                  • Havok9120

                    Okay.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    Not really. They’re only about 1/4 of the way through the season and Nix’s OBP is 30 pts over his career avg while Gardy’s is 26 pts below his career average.
                    Lesson: much ado about nothing

        • Dalek Jeter

          A “bench player” doesn’t play in 88% of the team’s games.

          • The Real Greg

            They do if the team he’s playing on has become St. Elsewhere

            • Dalek Jeter

              So you admit that he’s an everyday player then?

              • The Real Greg

                Not inherently.

                He has always been a bench player that has been forced into starting.

                He’s only had over 300 ABs once in a season.

                In terms of quality, he’s a bench player.

            • Rolling Doughnut

              Why don’t you look up the definition of bench and everyday player, then compare and contrast same. Quiz on Monday,

  • Brian S.

    I would intentionally walk Cano and Wells to get to Francisco.

    /not really but kind of

  • SDB

    Ugh. Swinging on ball 4.

  • Brian S.

    Trade Cano 4 prspcts

    • nsalem

      trade your brain for a functional one

      • Brian S.

        Trade your sarcasm detector for another one

        • Winter

          Trade your… uh… face for another one.

          Yeah. I’m clever. Deal with it.

          • Havok9120

            Rocked him back on his heels there.

          • Brian S.

            This offense is terrible. And we won’t be getting reinforcements until June right?

        • nsalem

          sorry thought that was serious

  • The Real Greg

    Whatever team gets Cano, they are going to be very testy at these types of slumps.

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano with another hack at a pitch not even close.. he needs a day off

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Robbie: FYI. He is pitching around you.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I’m guessing the trivia answer is Tim Salmon.

    • nsalem

      Garrett Anderson

      • Dalek Jeter

        My answer is “Some random good player from the Angels in the late 90s-early 2000′s and something about your mother being a whore?” Trebeck.

      • Kramerica Industries

        It’s either one or the other (not sure if you’re guessing or know the answer).

        I remember playing with the 1996 Angels a lot on Triple Play ’97. Salmon and Anderson were the only two All-Stars in that lineup.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Is the question something a long the lines of ‘What allstar on made the last out in Mariano’s first save in 1996?’ If it is, Ma and Pa just said it was Anderson.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Yes.

            And YES also revealed the answer as Anderson. Paulie and I were on the same wavelength, and that wavelength plunged us to a drowning death.

  • NeilT

    Let’s try this… wife’s away and has left her new MacBook Pro home so I can have a full-sized keyboard instead of my ‘phone.

    Man… can the Yanks catch a break with injuries? And also, would Robbie please start hitting again? And Francisco as DH?!

    At least #HIROK! looks as good as ever.

    • vicki

      don’t forget to clear your browsing history!

      • NeilT

        Nah I’ll just use my own computer. In the meantime I’m sure much fun might be had with my wife’s account.

  • vicki

    #offmyteam

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      #offmyplanet

      • Brian S.

        #off my dimension

      • Havok9120

        God. We’ve gotta fling another guy into the sun?

        You people are really stretching my ability to get us access to the DoD’s railguns.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Seriously with that strike call on the 2-0 pitch to Overbay

  • NeilT

    Why is Francisco still with the club?

  • Havok9120

    That O’Neil video was hilarious.

  • NeilT

    Nice play by Vern. The Jays are already fed up with him, I’m thinking they’ll be groaning at the sight of him come September.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I will never understand how Paulie did that.

    Such an amazing highlight.

    • vicki

      ’cause he’s paul o’neill. sheer will.

  • Winter

    Maybe Vernon got a new belt and that’s why he’s playing well.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Havok…my intestines feel like they’re being poked with needles. Are you sure this was a good idea?

    • Havok9120

      You’ll be fine. Live with the pain.

      Your sacrifice shall be seen by the baseball gods and no doubt earn us a win.

      • Mercenary

        have we started the fire

        • Dalek Jeter

          If I’m getting a bitchin funeral pyre I’m completely okay with all of this.

          • Havok9120

            Can I float the pyre into the Baltic?

    • SDB

      Just lie back and think of Prussia.

  • vicki

    they’re alright, yeah, the kids are alright.

  • Havok9120

    The rooks got this.

    Let’s make something happen Brett.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    These kids at their bats!

  • MannyGeee

    John Sterling wants Matt to know David Adams has hit safely in every game he’s played in

    • NeilT

      I wonder, how do you hit anything but “safely”? By definition if you get a hit, you make it “safely” to at least first.

      • MannyGeee

        You get a hit but during the backswing you club yourself in the nuts

        • NeilT

          You ever try even moving after doing that? I’m thinking you could hit the ball right to the furthest corner and the outfielder could run the ball to 1st and you’d be out if you did that.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Home grown Rally?!

  • Winter

    Any RAB redditors out there should know that the cotton candy gif from a couple nights ago has become a kickass upvote gif.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Is it the backwards one? Because that one is hysterical. It’s been making the rounds on tumblr since that night.

      • Winter

        It’s made from the backwards one, yep.

    • MannyGeee

      Saw that today on the imgurs… Pretty awesome

    • Dalek Jeter

      Oh god, that’s even better!!

  • Anderson Silva

    Nix in yet another big situation… really great decision to have him bat 2nd

    • The Real Greg

      YOu were saying?

  • Wheels

    We are overdue for an offensive explosion.

    • MannyGeee

      Check my shorts

      • Wheels

        Ha, I asked for that

        • vicki

          you get the assist.

  • Havok9120

    Allllllllllright Nix. Nice and easy now. Don’t do anything foolish.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    God I keep thinking okay awesome Cano is up next and then I realize no its Nix. Granted, Robbie is in quite a funk right now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Not completely fail Nix…good job.

    • SDB

      And Ma goes off about what a great job he does every game, completely forgetting his chokes with a runner on 3B and one out yesterday.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I wanted to vomit and take back this comment the second I hit submit because of that.

      • nsalem

        In Nix’s defense righties are batting zero against Wilhelmsen this year

        • WhittakerWalt

          But he didn’t need a hit. Something other than a strikeout probably would have done it.

        • Dalek Jeter

          What Robbie did the next AB would have been enough from Nix last night, I’m not asking him to get a hit or even hit the ball hard. Contact. That’s all we needed.

    • MannyGeee

      Ma & Pa just gushing over Nix who “does SOMETHING” every game…

  • NeilT

    Dear Joe,

    Please put Robbie back to 2nd in the lineup.

    Ta.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Sac fly. We’ll take it. Now Robbie remember some of those pitches will be out of the strike zone

    • vicki

      … but will still be called strikes.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    notastrike

    • The Real Greg

      Gameday had it just touching the edge of the strikezone. So just bad luck for Robbie

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Looked clearly outside. On tv and on gameday.

  • forensic

    “Every game. EVERY single game Nix does something to help the team.”
    – Waldman

    Guess she wasn’t watching last night…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Did she specify which team?

    • MannyGeee

      Yup, this. Also Stewart apparently “gets his hits”…. You’d think this was Yogi Berra and Mike Schmidt they were talking about nightly.

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano is pathetic right now

  • Wheels

    Damn Robbie, snap out of it

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wretched slump is wretched.

  • vicki

    i’m mad too, paulie.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie…come on. That’s the pitch that ended the game last night too…When you’re on, you know better.

  • your mom

    Really Cano?

  • Roadgeek Adam

    David Rackley is a “rookie” umpire. Horrid strike zone to go with it. Looks somewhat like what got AJ Pierzynski ejected with Robin Ventura in Chicago against Seattle last year. (Different umpire, point stands.)

    then:
    Blake Beavan hits that spot, its a strike
    Jose Quintana hits that spot, its a ball.

    now:
    Buerhle hits that spot, its a Strike
    Kuroda hits that spot, its a ball

    • Rolling Doughnut

      It’s a new brand of baseball, the zone changes with the count. haven’t you heard?

  • NeilT

    Hey anyone got a Powerball ticket? If so which sports franchise are you buying with the money?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      The one in Willets Point.

    • MannyGeee

      The one closest to beaches and nekkid bitches

  • The Real Greg

    74-75 pitches through 6 innings.

    Does he go all the way?

    • NeilT

      I’m saying yes and there will be a big fat 0 in the Jays’ run column.

  • NeilT

    Since when did Hiroki turn into Sir Phillip of Hughes? He’s a veritable fly ball machine out there tonight.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Good jump nice hustle by Gardner. And Robbie’s smooth play on the short hop gets an honorable mention.

  • WhittakerWalt

    NO. Suzyn Waldman, you are LYING. Jayson Nix doesn’t do something every game to help the team win. Not unless you’re giving him credit for bringing his gloves and spikes to the game. Because last night, that simple sac fly that you seem to think he can just always hit, well he didn’t do it. He struck out. He did nothing.
    This is why we hate you.

  • Dalek Jeter

    At least our Defense and Kuroda is on God Mode.

  • Tom

    “Who’s on the mound?”

    “well it’s a guy with these stats:
    Buehrle vs lefties 4.21 FIP, .318 wOBA
    Buehrle vs righties 4.16 FIP, .323 wOBA”

    “…but what HAND does he throw with?”

    “Does it matter? He’s the same against lefties and righties”

    “Yeah but if he’s a righty I have to start Hafner and if it’s a lefty I have to go with Francisco… that’s how platooning works”

    (Hoping for the reverse jinx)

    • vicki

      well done.

      • Tom

        Well except for the reverse jinx part.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Binder Blindness. Joe got it several years ago and it’s irreversible

    • forensic

      Not to mention:

      Hafner vs. Buehrle: .246/.366/.435
      Francisco vs. Buehrle: .188/.222/.188

      And Hafner has hit lefties better than Francisco this year too.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Two more meatballs Wells does nothing with. WTF.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Please Cash, just put him, and us, out of his misery already.

    • Havok9120

      No joke. Needs to happen.

      • Roadgeek Adam

        I know he’s not hitting great, but Ronnier? :)

        • Havok9120

          I’m not against it.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      And there’s a hell of a lot of misery for him and us to be put out of.

  • Anderson Silva

    Is this Buehrle or Randy Johnson?

    • The Real Greg

      Just be happy they’re winning.

  • Winter

    Guys, we’re winning this game. Do we have to keep complaining about everything?

    • vicki

      not everything. just the 5hole.

  • Leg-End

    It’s hard to wrap your head around Francisco not only being on the team but also batting 5th………just save us all from him Cashman.

  • SDB

    Just saw Cliff Lee clubbing a double against Cincinnati.

    You know it’s sad when the aging Phillies pitcher can get a better hit than Ben Francisco has all season.

  • Dalek Jeter

    No, John. Kuroda has been “dominant” as he is facing a legit line up. Buehrle is facing a lineup of 2 rookies, 2 bench players, a platoon Lefty facing a lefty, a guy who has no business on an independent league team’s roster, and Cano, Gardner, and Wells.

  • The Real Greg

    Kuroda is throwing a one hitter against the Jays through 6.

    No let’s complain about how crappy the offense is.

    • trr

      Well….

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Alright, this strike zone sucks.

    1-2-3 were within 5 mm of each other. BALL – BALL – STRIKE.

    Come on Rackley, really?

  • Bo Knows

    Trenton thunder facing Kevin Gausman, the O’s #2 prospect and #26 overall

    Jose Ramirez is the SP tonight, he went 5 innings throwing 79 pitches (52 pitches for strikes) he gave up 1 run/ER, on 3 hits (one of which a homer), 1 walk, and struck out 7.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Down HRok down. Let’s go.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    DP the easy way. I’m calling it,

    • MannyGeee

      TWSS??

    • vicki

      must– make– joke–

  • Anderson Silva

    Hiroki!! Looking great

  • The Real Greg

    That inning may have denied him the CGSO. Up now to 92 pitches

    • MannyGeee

      8IP with MO up in the 9th works for everyone involved

      • Dalek Jeter

        Agreed. My fantasy team included.

  • Buddy

    Why can’t I find the game on tv?

    • Wheels

      My9

  • Dalek Jeter

    If he keeps up this pace Kuroda has to at least be in the Cy Young conversation come season’s end.

    • MannyGeee

      Not sexy enough. Yu gets the nod, albeit with an inferior performance.

    • Eddard

      He’s plenty sexy. At this point, Hiroki Kuroda is the Yankees ace and he is the leader for Cy Young.

      • MannyGeee

        I wish I could go there with you, but the voting will not.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Lol Melky

    Way to go Addy!!!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    And Adams wastes no time hitting a ground rule.

  • Anderson Silva

    this guy is a hits machine.. and Melky wtf! lol

  • Dalek Jeter

    David Adams gives zero shits about Matt’s bearish outlook of him.

    • MannyGeee

      I was just about to do this. Well done Dalek.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Beautiful bunt.

  • Wheels

    Oh awesome

  • The Real Greg

    Move Adams up in the lineup next time.

  • Alkaline

    Seems like a good, quick game so far. Haven’t watched but keeping track of box score. Anything encouraging?

    Also, for people to enjoy: http://i.imgur.com/crDS2HF.gif

    Reverse GIF of the cotton candy.

    • MannyGeee

      David Adams is putting on a clinic

    • Havok9120

      Adams and Hirok have looked pretty good.

  • forensic

    Bat Adams second…

    And fifth…

    • Havok9120

      Romine 5th. :D

      • Tom

        And if you really need a righty DH…. Chris Stewart? :-)

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          You got me curious.
          2011-13 vs. LHP
          Stewart: 235/301/328 70 wRC+
          Francisco: 213/294/323 72 wRC+

          At least Stewart can catch. How the hell is Ben Francisco on a MLB team as a RH DH?

          • vicki

            the yankee fan’s koan.

  • Dalek Jeter

    AUSTIN FUCKING ROMINE AND DAVID FUCKING ADAMS!!!

    • The Big City of Dreams

      The Impact Players

  • Roadgeek Adam

    RBI DOUBLE

  • Havok9120

    Well that’ll do Romine.

  • Anderson Silva

    Beautiful Romine!! One too many sliders!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Da Kids!!!!

    Look Joe, Romine can be useful.

  • Wheels

    Yay

  • SDB

    I swear, I love how any time there’s an injury this season, someone steps up and performs.

    Well done, Romine.

  • vicki

    who’s the big who fan here, pat? i’ve had them in my head all night.

    yeah the kids are alright!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Finally nailed a hanger. Well done Austin

  • MannyGeee

    I have a rookie boner right now.

    • your mom

      Soon to be quelled by the top of our line-up.

  • Eddard

    It just goes to show you if you give these kids a chance they can come through. You can’t tell me there’s no one down in AAA better than Francisco. If the kids don’t come through you can always send them back down for more seasoning.

    • MannyGeee

      I fucking despise agreeing with you… But you are 100% correct. This team owes Ben Francisco NOTHING, but he stays with the big club.

  • JonS

    I have nightmares of Bo Jackson drinking 5 hour energy.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I was gonna say this before Austin Romine did his thing; but Ma and Pa have to get off of Ichiro’s dick. I understand Nix, at least a little bit, he’s a not-every-day-guy, sort of holding his own playing everyday. Ichiro on the other hand is hitting .235(!!!) yet they cannot call him a professional hitter any less than 7 times per AB.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Nix is .231 and it hasn’t moved since the night began.

      • The Real Greg

        Technically Nix hasn’t had an at-bat tonight. 2 walks and 2 sac flys

        • Roadgeek Adam

          Hence “it hasn’t moved”. ;)

      • Dalek Jeter

        Trust me, I despise Jayson Nix, but Ichiro has been worse
        wOBA and wRC+ for Ichiro: .259 56
        wOBA and wRC+ for Nix: .267 61

    • SDB

      At least today they haven’t gone off (yet) about how Ichiro is such a magician with a hundred different swings.

  • Havok9120

    Look at this. Nice crooked number.

  • Flesh hammer

    Sounds stupid but David Adams has this look like he is going to hammer the ball every time he is up.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Not stupid he swings the bat with authority. Of course he’s not going to get a hit every time up but after his first AB I couldn’t help but notice is swing.

  • Pink Slime

    Sorry if this was addressed already but any update on how Pineda threw today?

    • Havok9120

      I heard nothing about it on here or LoHud.

      • Pink Slime

        Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who’s excited for this kid, anxious to see what he can do. I’m hoping to see himself the rotation at some point this summer.

        • Havok9120

          Oh, I’m pretty pumped. But getting ExST news usually happens later. Especially when most of the pregame stuff was centered around Andy going to the DL.

          • Pink Slime

            Yeah makes sense, hopefully we’ll here something about how it went sooner rather than later !

    • Rolling Doughnut

      No updates yet as far as I know

  • MannyGeee

    I was hoping we’d hang a crooked enough number to get a little hot Betances action tonight, but alas…

    • Sangreal

      Likewise. I bet one more would’ve been enough

  • Havok9120

    Gonna get DRob some work I see.

    • The Real Greg

      I’m thinking he’s warming if Kuroda gets in trouble

      • Havok9120

        Hmm. Could be.

      • Havok9120

        Yep. You got it.

  • Havok9120

    Ooof. Bonifacio got a bit too much extension on his knee there.

  • MannyGeee

    So I picked up Wil Venable today off waivers, but John Jay was available too. Already have some buyers remorse. Thoughts?

    • Bic Own Lee

      I like Venable for the SBs, basically the same guy w/ the bat.

  • Tom

    Lost in the insanity of Francisco hitting 5th and Robbie going through one of those funks…

    Kuroda with just 2 hits allowed through 8 IP

    How the hell does this guy continue to be so under-rated? His ERA is now a buck ninety-nine.

    • Winter

      Who’s underrating him?

      • Tom

        Folks beyond this site (or beyond the Yankee fanbase)

  • your mom

    Fuck Francisco. Useless.

    • fabricio

      i agree with you we need mustilier

  • Clue Heywood

    Hey Taylor, how’s your wife and my kids.

  • Havok9120

    Alright Pantston. Let’s wrap this up.

  • Tom

    This will be a good test for Claiborne – after Kawasaki these are some good hitters he’ll be facing.

  • Troll

    3-6 in the lineup: 1-16 with 1 RBI and 5 Strikeouts. Solid.

    • your mom

      Blame Francisco.

  • vicki

    joey didn’t step to preston?

  • nsalem

    Not oin love with Nix either but what are the alternatives at this point? If the Yankee’s knew Jeter was missing half a season they probably would have pursued someone more aggressively but that’s water under the bridge at this point.

  • Havok9120

    Whoa, Austin. That was more exciting than necessary.

    Good game peoples.

  • nycsportzfan

    Jesus, at this pace, Hiroki is gonna be starting the AS GAME. What a amazing season for him!

    I guess, guys can come over from AL WEST or NL in general and pitch well in AL EAST, ey? Maybe there is something to a good pitcher will pitch good no matter where he comes from?

    Just a sensational performance!

  • fabricio

    the younglings stepped up today good stuff Adams and Romine

  • Eddard

    That’s why Hiroki is the ace of the staff. 8 IP, 0 ER, just 2 hits allowed. It doesn’t get much better than that. Right now, if you were voting for AL Cy Young it’d be-

    1. Kuroda
    2. Felix
    3. Buchholz

    Hiroki is one of Cashman’s best FA signings of all time.

    • Winter

      Iwakuma should be up there. As should Sanchez. And, as much as I hate to say it, Bucholz and Felix (at least) belong above Kuroda.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yu Darvish is having a big yr as well..

    • nycsportzfan

      Along with Mike Mussina.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Moose is my favorite pitcher of all time but I might give Cashman more credit for the Kuroda signing. Moose was a no-brainer to continue his success in the same division and he was signed away in his prime. Kuroda was seen as much more of a risk coming from the NL West with his advanced age.

  • nycsportzfan

    Preston Claiborne not only has not given up a run in 8ml innings, he hasen’t walked a single batter. That right there is a great recipe for young pitchers to go by. Throw strikes!

  • Nathan

    Hiroki, the mythical awesome #2 pitcher, who now might have taken over as the ace of the staff.