May
22

Game 46: Aces on the Mound

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The Yankees and Orioles have split the first two games of this three-game series, and both games were so close they needed a tenth inning. It’s been a continuation of last year, when these two clubs played tight game after tight game and fought for the division title right down the final week of the season.

With all due respect to CC Sabathia, the Yankees are sending their ace to the mound in the series finale today, hoping Hiroki Kuroda can send them into tomorrow’s off-day with a win and a five-game lead over Baltimore. Hopefully this one only takes nine innings. Here’s the lineup that will face righty Jason Hammel…

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. 3B David Adams
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Austin Romine first rookie to start four straight games behind the plate for the Yankees since Jorge Posada 1997

And on the bump is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who will be making his first career start at Camden Yards. He somehow avoided the ballpark last year and never faced the Orioles during interleague play while with the Dodgers.

It’s warm, cloudy, and humid in Baltimore, and at some point later tonight it’ll rain. Hopefully long after the game is over. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Rotation Update: Vidal Nuno will start on Saturday, giving Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and Kuroda an extra day or rest. David Phelps is starting Friday as scheduled.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (wrist) and Kevin Youkilis (back) both had six at-bats in a simulated game … Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) hit in the cage for the first time since being placed on the DL … Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw an inning in Extended Spring Training game. A minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa is probably next.

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291 Comments»

  1. trr says:

    Kuroda’s been money lately, let’s hope the offense puts up at least a 3-spot and we’ll win this game and this series-

  2. Eddard says:

    Their ace is on the mound to take a road series against a divisional rival. You can’t ask for much more from this ballclub.

  3. dkidd says:

    joba who?

  4. dkidd says:

    has curtis ever led off for the yankees?

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

    Man, I REALLY want to win this game.

  6. Stratman9652 says:

    Gotta think that extra day of rest is more for CC’s benefit than Hughes and Kuroda. Something tells me that his elbow still isn’t 100% after that surgery.

  7. nycsportzfan says:

    This is a big game for us. Being up 5 or 3 games on Baltimore is a big diffrence. Heres to Kuroda pitching another gem, on his way to starting the AS game for the AL!

  8. nycsportzfan says:

    I got a feeling the baby bombers are gonna do some damage tonight, talking about Adams and/or Romine.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I should say i’m anticipating a good game from them, as its pretty good sign if they can hit pitchers like Hammel who should be very good against young righty hitting rookies.

  9. nycsportzfan says:

    Nice hittin grandy!

  10. Wheels says:

    Ok Curtis

  11. Mykey says:

    Well, that’s a nice way to start.

  12. Get Phelps Up says:

    Rodney just blew ANOTHER save!

  13. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Lead off mentality. I like it.

  14. Anderson Silva says:

    I’m worried there’s something wrong physically with Cano… he doesn’t look right at all

  15. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a shitty AB by Cano

  16. Mykey says:

    Ew Cano. He made up his mind to swing at that last week.

  17. Tom says:

    Off topic, but Rodney just blew another save. For some reason I get a tremendous amount of joy knowing he won’t be able to do that stupid arrow schtick.

  18. Mykey says:

    Ok. Let’s take some pitches now.

  19. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Up.the.ladder.

  20. Anderson Silva says:

    Overbay has to hit that.. that was a hanger, middle of the plate.

  21. Wheels says:

    Shit Lyle

  22. Anderson Silva says:

    2 clobbered balls out of the first 3 hitters.. I wish our offense could do something like that.

  23. Mykey says:

    Well great.

  24. Troll says:

    You’ve got to love those first inning runs! WOOT WOOT!

  25. Anderson Silva says:

    fucking pathetic..

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

    well fuck

  27. Mykey says:

    Hooray.

  28. Wheels says:

    FUCK

  29. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a stupid fucking pitch on 3-2. that spillover two seamer right in his wheelhouse. what the fuck.

  30. dontchaknow says:

    okay then

  31. nycsportzfan says:

    ugh

  32. Mykey says:

    Really looking forward to our pitching getting out of this concerted slump.

  33. Anderson Silva says:

    O’s hitter gets a junkball down the middle and hits it out. Yankees hitter gets a hanger right down the middle and fouls it off like a little pussy. This offense is a fucking joke

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Our offense will come through tonight, its up to Kuroda to keep it within reach and start getting outs.

  34. nycsportzfan says:

    Jesus!

  35. Wheels says:

    What the shit

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

    Looking like an Adam Warren game.

  37. your mom says:

    Game just started and it sucks already. Kuroda getting raped right now.

  38. fabricio says:

    ichiro you dont have that arm anymore just get the ball in to cano

  39. Will says:

    Geez. What the hell is up with Kuroda tonight? He’s not throwing any of his offspeed pitches at all.

  40. Mykey says:

    Even Matt freakin’ Wieters hit the ball.

  41. Troll says:

    When it rains, it pours . . . Let’s hope that Kuroda doesn’t pull a Hughes . . .

  42. Eddard says:

    Can someone tell me what the hell Kuroda is doing? He’s leaving every pitch over the middle of the plate.

  43. The Real Greg says:

    You call Hiroki Kuroda the “ace” and look what happens.

    • Troll says:

      He was bound to implode at some point. His electric pace wasn’t sustainable. He’s allowed a few stinkers now and then, it just sucks that this one comes after a rather disappointing extra-innings loss . . .

  44. Anderson Silva says:

    Kuroda is really hitting the middle of the plate time after time. At least he’s consistent.

  45. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    All of this with 2 outs? God, I hate the Orioles more than the Sox.

    • Troll says:

      Don’t you dare!

    • Will says:

      I agree. I hate Buck Showalter and I dislike the chip on the shoulder attitude the whole team has. I can’t really say I dislike anyone on the Red Sox except maybe David Ortiz and even so I find him to be a cool guy when he’s not hitting three run homers at Yankee Stadium.

      • Troll says:

        Mutinous bastards!

        Dustin Pedroia! They’re all scum but he’s a rat.

      • I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

        Yea, pretty much this. And also, their fans acted like total d-bags last year even though they were non existent prior to 2012.

  46. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 outs on 3 pitches, 20 pitches and 3 runs later the inning is over. lovely.

  47. Winter says:

    Hiroki Kuroda is a replacement level pitcher.

  48. Mykey says:

    Meh. Go Sens.

  49. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Kuroda 1-15 pitches: .327/.361/.455/.815

  50. Tom says:

    The ball is carrying tonight… if Kuroda settles down like he usually does after the 1st inning, I still like the Yankees chances – if they stop swing at the first damn pitch anywhere near the strike zone.

  51. Will says:

    Hopefully Hammels isn’t in his 2012 and we can have ourselves a gold ol’ fashioned Baltimore blowout. Three runs isn’t insurmountable.

  52. your mom says:

    Yankees will come back and win this game.

  53. nycsportzfan says:

    I think these kids are gonna be good mix, and our offense is gonna get to Hammel. Dude has squat this yr!

  54. nycsportzfan says:

    I like Adams stance. This kids the real deal!

  55. nycsportzfan says:

    Rangers trade Travis Hafner and some pitcher to Indians for Eniar Diaz and some pitcher. Fail for Rangers GM.

  56. Will says:

    Good at-bat by Adams even though he grounded out. And as I typing this I’m watching Ichiro’s pathetic at bat and he looks done.

  57. Kramerica Industries says:

    Always lovely to tune in to a 3 run deficit.

    Gotta hope for a comeback here. Losing 2/3 to a team that had lost six straight home games coming in, and before going to a ballpark that this team absolutely blows in, would really fucking suck.

    • The Real Greg says:

      People are waiting with baited breath for that other shoe to fall. Even some Yankee fans are expecting that. That’s why the ratings have been down as well as attendance.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I’m…I’m not quite sure what the relevance of this comment is.

        And a potential two game skid does not connotate the dropping of the other shoe. I’ll wait until the midst of, like, a 2-8 skid or something to confirm that. I do think that such a run will come eventually, just hope that the Yankees establish solid cushioning to absorb the blow of it.

        In the meantime, if Kuroda can settle down, there’s no excuse for the Yankees offense to not make a run back into this.

        • Troll says:

          “. . . There’s no excuse for the Yankees offense to not make a run back into this.”

          Hi, I’m Reid Brignac. These are my friends, Austin, Ichiro, David, and Lyle. Have we met before?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        No.

        Don’t bother answering.

    • Troll says:

      Haven’t you realized that the Yankees are ALWAYS the cure to an ailing, slumping ball club?

      “Don’t worry, lads, we may’ve lost six in a row but the damn Yankees are heading into town! Let us feast!” – Buck Schowalter

  58. nycsportzfan says:

    There ya go ichiro!!

  59. Mykey says:

    There you go Ichiro.

  60. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, how did Brignac miss that 0-1 fastball?

  61. nycsportzfan says:

    Hammel’s throwing fastballs over the plate, just gotta make the dude pay!

  62. Karl Krawfid says:

    Gonna be a long night with this K zone

  63. Troll says:

    The bottom half of this lineup is nauseating. Me thinks it’s going to be a long night. And, just as I typed that, I realized that somebody else shares this sentiment.

  64. Eddard says:

    Romine is actually worse than Stewart if that’s possible. Frankie can’t get back soon enough.

    • Troll says:

      It’s called JR Murphy and/or Gary Sanchez. I am 100% confident that either one of them will be better than Romine. For once, just ONCE, I’d like to see the Yankees “rush” a prospect through the system. GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE! EXCEPT IF THAT “KID” IS AUSTIN ROMINE! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!

  65. The Real Greg says:

    Yeah remember when everybody wanted Romine to play ahead of Stewart?

    Here you go.

  66. Get Phelps Up says:

    And the Rays lose. Rodney and Farnsworth strike again.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      That was the definition of an 0-2 emergency cut from Bautista.

      The BABIP gods were smiling on the Jays on that one.

    • Brian S. says:

      With the Rays and Sox losing two of their series’ I’m not too worried about this Baltimore snafu gong on.

  67. Wheels says:

    What the hell is up with Youk?

  68. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Oh fuck no.

  69. Brian S. says:

    Oh no the Yankees might lose a series and still be in first place.

  70. Troll says:

    Nate McClouth has more stolen bases than Brett Gardner. I would NOT have predicted that . . . Who am I kidding? Of course I would’ve.

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

      You would’ve predicted McClouth would be leading the AL in SB with his highest SB total since 2009 by May 22?

      What are tonight’s powerball numbers?

      • Troll says:

        Really? We’re going with the whole “Powerball” shtick again? My statement was more a reflection on Gardner’s waste of speed on the base-paths and general ineptitude regarding theft.

  71. Kramerica Industries says:

    Enough of this two out bullshit already.

    And injury to insult that Kuroda got hit there.

  72. Mykey says:

    That’s what we need.

  73. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Guess Kuroda needs to stop them here huh

  74. your mom says:

    2nd time thru the order, time to do some damage.

  75. Mykey says:

    So the lead off experiment is working.

  76. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe G says Curtis is about to break out.

    Curtis breaks out.

    Amazing.

  77. vicki says:

    grandy’s leadoff and cf splits. stay tuned.

  78. your mom says:

    Yuck Wells.

  79. nycsportzfan says:

    Keep on walking baby! Pronk with the eye!

  80. your mom says:

    Why first pitch swing Overbay?

  81. Anderson Silva says:

    great great AB by Overbay and great decision to hit him 4th… it’s impossible to win with this garbage

  82. Troll says:

    Thanks, Lyle “1 Pitch and Ditch” Overbay.

  83. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yay for the Chaz Ortiz bullshit getting dragged up again.

  84. nycsportzfan says:

    Doo Doo.

  85. Troll says:

    Number 15 for Number 19? Coming up!

  86. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Kuroda, give a chance!

  87. nycsportzfan says:

    Gonna have to sneak one by upstairs on Davis Kuroda

  88. Joshua says:

    Just read an article saying that YES Network Yankee game ratings are way down. I’m kinda sad but happy at the same time. Sad because I fear that the franchise in general might be in a slump. But I’m slightly optimistic because maybe the Steinbrenners will get sweaty and for fear of revenue loss will get this franchise where it needs to be.

  89. Troll says:

    Quick, Mike Axisa. Write a quick blurb about Ichiro, Brignac and Romine being bums unworthy of a Yankee uniform. Do it. You have the power!

  90. nycsportzfan says:

    I knew he’d be on one of those pitches low in the zone ater seein so many from kuroda. Hes got nothing tonight.

  91. nsalem says:

    With Jones on second, Kuroda’s 1st pitch was mishandled by Romine. The umpire immediately through out another ball to Kuroda. If Jone’s had taken off for third would play have been considered dead although Jone’s had a legitimate chance of taking third. I’m assuming play would be considered dead as soon as the ump through out the second ball.

  92. your mom says:

    Shit, not good. Hopefully just precautionary.

  93. Eddard says:

    Kuroda going down might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. You can only hold on with this many replacements for so long.

  94. nycsportzfan says:

    Claiborne needs to have a serious hoodini act here. Come on Rook!

  95. Mykey says:

    We’re cursed.

  96. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Not the shot he took off the leg. Back?

  97. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s wraps.

    Awful series.

  98. Mykey says:

    Bye guys.

  99. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Kuroda out and now 6-1. Whatever man. Yanks need to invest in bubble wrap.

  100. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking lovely, the O’s were on a losing streak and they had a chance to kick them while they were down, instead they give them a big walk off win and then get destroyed by them the next day.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Bottom line, were still in 1st with the kinda injuries we’ve had. Thats remarkable. Were gonna have 2game losing streaks from time to time. It happens.

    • vicki says:

      we gave up two runs in the game we lost. and this youk- (and cervelli-) free lineup has the league’s lowest wrc+ and woba over the last thirty days. i don’t know how much kicking could’ve been expected.

  101. nycsportzfan says:

    That sucks.

  102. Karl Krawfid says:

    Outclassed with runners on.

    They get them in.

    We don’t.

  103. Eddard says:

    Everything seemed to crumble these last two games. At least they took 1/3.

  104. Troll says:

    Well, I rather it be a blowout than another pathetic display by the offense. I feel better now.

  105. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Best wishes to #HIROK. Hope it’s not much.

    Again, with what this team’s overcome thus far, I don’t question their ability to get past anything. Someone else will have to rise up in the interim.

  106. Stratman9652 says:

    If the Yankees had any sense of humor they would buy one of those signs that say “This workplace has worked safely without a lost time injury in __ days” like you see outside factories and mills.

  107. nycsportzfan says:

    This ones not close to over. We get a couple runs were right back in this.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Scoring runs is the one thing we don’t do well.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        We have our moments. I could see this being one of those games, as Hammel isn’t special, but after this lack luster bottom 4th, i’m starting to see the loss coming.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Well they just let him off the hook with a 7 pitch inning. Not the way to make him work, guys.

  108. wow says:

    well, the subs’ subs weren’t going to get it done forever.

    let’s hope they ditch the useless fiscal restraints and actually field a viable, sustainable team moving forward.

  109. Travis L. says:

    The biggest Wieter on that team just took Claiborne deep. What a dick.

  110. nycsportzfan says:

    Fucking rally cap time!

  111. your mom says:

    Well if the O’s keep this up Mike won’t have to worry about extra innings. Damn, I hate the O’s!!!

  112. your mom says:

    Hammel has a run support of 7 runs per outing. Sickening.

  113. WhittakerWalt says:

    All this talk of Aces has ruined everything.

  114. nycsportzfan says:

    God, i hate ripping line drives at someone!

  115. nycsportzfan says:

    How do you miss that 0-1 pitch, ichiro? Come on man! Get on!

  116. wow says:

    at least we still have all the sponsorship money from Sapporo

  117. Get Phelps Up says:

    At least we’re not the Rays or Boston who aren’t in first place and lost series to worse teams than the Orioles.

    • I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

      Too lazy to double check but the last time I looked at the Sox schedule it looked like they’ve had it quite easy so far.

  118. Hall and Nokes says:

    Man, how does this plucky Orioles team with a middle of the road payroll and several key players in their prime years manage to stay in 3rd place with a .533 winning percentage?

    /ESPN’d

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      I know most of you aren’t getting this but it’s weird. They’ve been going on for 8 minutes now. It’s like they’re talking about the Spurs at this point.

  119. nycsportzfan says:

    So Nuno is facing Moore on saturday and Sabathia is facing Cobb on sunday?

  120. nycsportzfan says:

    Are we even gonna make this interesting?

  121. Get Phelps Up says:

    Grandy a triple away from the cycle.

  122. Cuso says:

    Welcome to 2013, Curtis

  123. fabricio says:

    oh curtis you’re something sort of grandish

  124. Eddard says:

    Grandy’s getting back in the groove of things so that’s one positive at least.

  125. nycsportzfan says:

    Well, that helps. Grandy man looking good!

  126. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Tomorrow morning, what I’ll remember most, no matter what, is KING CURTIS being back.

    • your mom says:

      Granderson at 100% is definitely what this offense needs. Now only if we could get some offensive production out of our SS and C.

  127. nycsportzfan says:

    A grand slam away!

  128. your mom says:

    We’re getting a little BABIP screwed tonight again.

  129. nycsportzfan says:

    One is a start, but not really gonna cut it. Gotta have a multiple run scoring inning soon!

  130. Cy Pettitte says:

    what is their BABIP for this series? must be like .200, the number of line drive outs they’ve made is ridiculous.

  131. nycsportzfan says:

    I hate going down to the trop after losing 2of3. Hopefully we turn things around down there.

  132. your mom says:

    See what I mean, BABIP fucked.

  133. Rolling Doughnut says:

    O’s D is just unbelievable.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      more like every Yankee hard hit ball is right at them. I don’t think a defender has had to take more than 5 steps this series.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        You sound like Greg. Their D has been stellar. They’ve made some hellacious plays. AND there have been some hard hit balls directly at somebody.

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

    What is it with first base umpires in Baltimore?

  135. Get Phelps Up says:

    Come back starts now. Who’s with me?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Always, although I’ll admit the game is on the small end of picture-in-picture right now with the Heat game on.

  136. nycsportzfan says:

    Overbays been terrible tonight. Come on, get a freaking rally going!

  137. your mom says:

    Reid Brignac sucks. I’m talking Ben Francisco level suckness.

  138. nycsportzfan says:

    Boring.

  139. your mom says:

    LOL standing ovation for Hammel from the home crowd……

  140. SDB says:

    Just logged on to see a 6-2 scoreline and Hiroki injured. Has the game been that bad? Any positives, at all?

    I seriously hate the Orioles. At least the Sox are a little more tolerable now without Gonzalez, Beckett and Papelbon (whose existence I can’t stand).

    • I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

      I agree wholeheartedly re: Orioles. They need to just die like everyone said they were going to this year.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Granderson seems to be finding his stroke. I’d say that’s a huge positive.

  141. WhittakerWalt says:

    I love Cano, and I want them to re-sign him, but a .337 OBP is pretty fucking lousy.

    • Troll says:

      Especially when you compare it to Pedroia’s . . . .

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        Cano 138 OPS+
        Pedroia 129

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

          But Cano doesn’t hop in the field when pitches are thrown.

        • Troll says:

          He referenced Cano’s ON BASE PERCENTAGE. So I responded with Pedroia’s ON BASE PERCENTAGE, which is .426, nearly .100 higher than Cano’s .335. No one’s talking about
          “OPS+”. Sorry.

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            You’re the one who brought up Pedroia and cherrypicked his OBP to try and say he’s better than Cano. There are many players who have a higher OBP than Cano and worse overall numbers.

            • Get Phelps Up says:

              And OPS+ also factors in OBP.

            • Troll says:

              Cherrypicked? What what what?

              Jesus Christ. Yankees. Red Sox. Second Basemen. Two players that are consistently compared to one another. Walt brought up Cano’s OBP. I brought up Pedroia’s OBP. Why don’t you mention WAR? Everyone around here seems to love that advanced sabremetric . . .

              Nowhere did I say that Pedroia is better than Cano, but do you know what is (aside from his WAR)? Pedroia’s ON-BASE PERCENTAGE, which is the ONLY statistic that I mentioned.

              News flash, Pedroia nearly leads the league in walks, which contributes to his significantly higher (and elite) OBP. Ugh. You’re like the gym rat that butts into a conversation about poodles and croissants just so you can flex your useless, trivial muscles that nobody gives a sh*t about. Thank you for your input, but it was not pertinent to the exchange.

              • Get Phelps Up says:

                WAR is not the only advanced sabermetric that shows Cano is better.

                Yes, you never came out and said you think Pedroia is better. It sure seems like you pointed that OBP difference out to laud Pedroia or shit on Cano.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  But do you have an advanced degree in statistics?

                • Troll says:

                  Cano’s been my favorite player since he replaced Tony Womack (well, he was – occasionally still is) and Pedroia bears the brunt of my utter disdain for anything red socked. But, as much I hate to admit it, Pedroia’s having a sick year thus far, which is all but highlighted with Magic Marker in the midst of Cano’s contract year and current debilitating slump, which he’s made a custom of over the past few years.

                  • Get Phelps Up says:

                    Cano is having a sicker year though.

                    • Get Phelps Up says:

                      Despite his slump.

                    • Troll says:

                      Yes, he is having a great season thus far, but there’s no way around his abysmal OBP . . . Cano is better than that. At least, well, I hope he is.

                    • Get Phelps Up says:

                      The OBP will improve.
                      For now the 13 homers and .563 SLG will have to make up for it.

                  • Doubting Thomas says:

                    You’re a Sox fan. Just admit it. It’s okay. You get some kind of weird thrill posing as a Yankees fan on blogs. It could just be a phase. Or might not. You should seek professional help.

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

                Because Pedroia’s OBP is relevant to whether or not Cano’s OBP is lousy.

                • Troll says:

                  I can’t believe that I just replied to your comment. What a complete waste of my time. May Mo have mercy on your soul and mine too for giving into your asinine hooey.

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

                    Right. Because what you did isn’t exactly the same thing as what you ripped Phelps for doing.

                    Cano’s OBP is even more lousy when compared to Miggy or Votto.

                    /equally irrelevant to the original point

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        I wasn’t really comparing it to anyone. I just wish Cano was getting on base more, like I know he can. He’s not making much of a case for an 8-year deal right now.

  142. Tom says:

    Damn, I hate the ESPN announcers.

    “The Yankees haven’t relied on the HR that much this year; the Orioles are among the best”

    2013 HR Totals coming into tonight
    Yankees: 56
    Orioles: 56

  143. Eddard says:

    If I had a vote for ROY I’d vote for Adam Warren.

    • Troll says:

      Speaking of Middle-Relievers . . . Boston’s Alex Wilson hasn’t been terrible. But, Eddard, let’s be honest here, Warren is never going to win ROY.

  144. WhittakerWalt says:

    I know it’s only one game, but it just feels like we’re being outclassed by the Orioles. I hate that feeling, because it’s irrational.

  145. ArchStanton says:

    I was hoping to at least see Betances in this game to see how he looks in relief now. Oh well.

  146. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Any word on Kuroda?

  147. Eddard says:

    Nobody cleans up in middle relief like Adam Warren.

  148. SDB says:

    David is Goliath? Really, that’s Sterling’s call?

  149. Wheels says:

    Oh Ichiro

  150. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Brignac is Fransisco-like.

  151. Get Phelps Up says:

    And we are now…still in first place.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Despite this game thread.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        And a replacement level 4th starter.

      • Troll says:

        Oh, really? Because, I mean, it’s not like a newly crowned ace completely shit the bed and left the game with an injury . . . No, people have no right to react to a lineup that features a slew of scrubs with no business being in the show. So, yeah, let’s get all passive-aggressive and attack fans with a snarky undertone because they’re disappointed their team didn’t at least take 2 of 3 from a slumping division rival. Everyone has a right to vent, yell, and blow shit out of proportion. Let them. Comments like this . . . why? What does it add? There’s no substance. The Yankees are still in first place. Great. We’re all happy with that, but some of these fine denizens are distressed by tonight’s outcome and they have every right to be.

  152. Troll says:

    Brignac for President!

  153. Wheels says:

    Don’t trip, we’re a good team

  154. SDB says:

    Nobody even mentioned Prussia once during this game thread. No calls to pitch or bat for Prussia, and 6-2 with Kuroda getting hurt. Can someone with an advanced degree in statistics confirm if this is a reasonable correlation?

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