Overbay carries Yankees to win over Royals

DePaula strikes out 12 in River Dogs win
Thoughts on a Random Saturday

Source: FanGraphs

The bullpen was short on Friday, so the offense did its part to make sure the Yankees would have enough breathing room in the late innings. The result was big 11-6 over the Royals in the series opener. They’ve won three of four to start the eight-game road trip. Let’s recap…

  • Two Two-Run Shots: The Yankees jumped out to a four-run lead in the second inning thanks to two-run homers from Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay. Overbay’s was an absolute bomb with that no-doubt sound off the bat. Travis Hafner (walk) and Jayson Nix (double) deserve props for reaching base ahead of the homers. It was a fine start to the game.
  • Phlopped: After four strong starts, Phil Hughes took a beating at the hands on Friday. He allowed six runs in his 5.2 innings of work, including a pair of homers. One of those homers was a three-run shot by Jarrod Dyson (!), a slap-hitting speedster. They were the first long balls Phil allowed in three starts. The good news is that he threw a first pitch strike to 23 of 26 batters faced, which is ridiculous. Still, six runs in 5.2 innings is six runs in 5.2 innings. Shake it off and do better next time.
  • Lead Re-Taken: The game was knotted at five before the Yankees exploded for five runs in the sixth inning. Chris Nelson plated two with a single while Overbay (double off a lefty), Brett Gardner (triple), and Robinson Cano (single) also had run-scoring hits in the inning. Seven of the first eight batters in the sixth reached base. Overbay drove in another run with a single in the ninth, giving him five ribbies on the night. Well done.
  • Whiffpen: How about Shawn Kelley? He struck out six of the seven men he faced in 2.1 perfect innings, raising his season strikeout rate to 14.73 K/9 (38.7 K%). Boone Logan struck out two in a perfect ninth, and overall the pitching staff retired the final eleven men they faced, nine on strikeouts. That is shutting it down.
  • Leftovers: Vernon Wells and Hafner went a combined 0-for-9 with a walk while the rest of the lineup went 16-for-34 (.471) with five doubles, a triple, and two homers … the Yankees scored double-digit runs against a non-Indians team for the first time this season … last but certainly not least, this was Joe Girardi‘s 500th win as Yankees manager. Congrats to him.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights while FanGraphs has some other stats no one cares about. ESPN has the up to the minute standings. These same two teams will meet again Saturday night — yes, a dreaded Saturday night game — when Andy Pettitte gives it a go against Shields.

DePaula strikes out 12 in River Dogs win
Thoughts on a Random Saturday
  • WhittakerWalt

    Weren’t we supposed to get swept on this road trip?

  • Jeepster

    just what the doctor ordered for the bullpen workload…

  • vicki

    the eleven people on earth who recently picked up loverbay for their fbb teams are having a party tonight.

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

    I came to a revelation today:

    I don’t care about getting a “relaxing” win after a lot of close games, or not scoring enough runs, or giving up too many runs, or blowing leads, or having to make comebacks too much, as long as we win the game.

    That is literally all I care about. We could win every game by a single run, give up 6 runs a game, or make me “nervous” every game as long as we win.

    That’s it. That is all I care about. Nothing else matters to me at all.

    • Bob Buttons

      Realistically keep winning by one run is unsustainable, so it is much nicer to win by a larger margin.

      That and I don’t think it’d be too enjoyable hearing “your team got friggin lucky this year”, esp. from Os fans.

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

        Why is it nicer to win by a larger margin? The win counts no matter how many runs we score. IF we defy the odds and have a low run differential, as long as we win who cares?

    • mustang

      OMG! A voice of reason.

      This should be how everyone thinks because after all the break downs, graphs, projection, predictions, and all the sabermetrics bullshit the only stats that matters are WINS. Win enough to make the playoffs then 11 or 12 wins to the championship.

      Don’t care how it happens or who is wearing the Yankees uniform when it happens.


      • JobaWockeeZ

        I’m not even going to bother.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Bother with what? He’s absolutely right.

          • mustang

            Thank you.

            It’s not rocket science people just want to make so.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Remember the kid who used to walk around telling your favorite band sucked, but his favorite band was one no one ever, ever heard of? Yeah.

              Same principle. You must be DISCRIMINATE all the time. You can’t just fucking enjoy it.

              Phil Hughes sucked last night. Phil Hughes pitched great in a couple of no-decisions earlier. Phil Hughes got the win tonight. Market correction.

              • Robinson Tilapia


                I had a long night last night, and not in the “woo-hoo! fun!” way.

                • mustang

                  Sorry to hear that, but like you said market correction. It doesn’t work just for baseball.


                  Hang in there.

  • jjyank

    Go Ichiro

    • jjyank

      Apparently the guy trolling my handle is slipping.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He didn’t exactly start at a great place to begin with and was seemingly obsessed with my crotch.

        • Pat D


  • Bob Buttons

    In honor of Overbay’s good night.


    • vicki

      these are all so good. they have the same feel as the best of the sportscenter ads.

      you suck, YES!

  • Havok9120

    This was a good ‘un. Hughes could’ve been better, but I’ll take the W.

    W’s for Prussia.

  • dkidd

    ichiro ops up to .720

    i would have signed for that

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Overbay Overload. I’m picking some good games to miss, damn it.

  • vicki

    hope nuney’s back tomorrow. he’s owned shields (in 14 ab); maybe this’ll be just the thing to start him up at the plate. here are some other interesting batter vs. pitching numbers as well (nixie’s 2 for 4 with two homeruns??!).


    • trr

      I’m sure it’s all in the binder….

  • dkidd

    didn’t it come down to the wire whether overbay was even going to make the team?

    this team is fun

    • vicki

      (it sure looked like juan rivera would get the job.)

    • forensic

      Well, Rivera was basically a shoe-in for most of the Spring, but once Overbay was brought on board in that last week it was pretty clear that he was then going to make the team.

      Better defensively, lefty, unusable against lefties but Rivera is unusable against righties, of which there are more. All things favored Overbay.

      His BA and OBP are maybe actually touch lower than you’d expect prior to the season (but pretty close). It’s his power that is far out of the norm for him and keeping him well enough afloat, but it’s possibly/likely unsustainable. After tonight it’s at a career high SLG for him at .509.

      Thankfully, he hopefully won’t have to sustain it for a whole lot longer, maybe just a month or so, if Tex would make some progress sometime soon.

  • BigBlueAL

    Congrats on Girardi for his 500th win as Yankee manager.

    I was not a big fan of his at all early in his Yankee tenure, hell even after winning it all in 2009 I still hated the way he managed this team. When he was hired many people here were all excited to be having a new age manager who is smart and relies on stats unlike the dinosaur Torre. So I had high hopes for him and he didnt impress me at all in his first 3 years here.

    But Ive grown to respect and very much appreciate the way he has managed this team the past 3 years. We still can get annoyed with some of his lineup decisions but hell we would be doing that with any manager. He isnt under contract for next year so not sure if he will be back or not but I hope he does return and he certainly earned the right to remain the manager here.

    Here is hoping he wins another 500 games as Yankee manager in the next few years.

  • GreenArm

    Hey curious what you guys think. Has Overbay played his way on to the team, no matter what? OK i get that it would seem I’m saying this from a few clutch plays or whatnot. But he plays a very good 1B and does have (at least somewhat of) a bat.

    Can he play other IF positions? Forgive me, but my knowledge of the guy was quite limited prior to this year. (save a couple of highlights) Could he be a nice b/u infielder? AGAIN, not for his bat. I’m not saying because he’s hit decent enough that he should stay on for that, but who knows about Tex, and if he CAN indeed play 3B or dare I say SS, I feel he should be one of the last to go when we get healthy. OR hell, what about faking OF. (YES, i know we’ll have a ton of OFers, but Boesch and Franscisco cannot leave soon enough, so…)

    I know much of this is depending on Tex ACTUALLY able to come back this year. But just figured I’d post here and see what folks thought. (ha if they even see this question)

    *please gimme a mile for misspellings and lack of knowledge. it’s late and i can’t sleep so my brain is just not working correctly.

    Anyways, any incites would be wonderful. Thanks fools!

    • forensic

      Overbay has never played a single position other than 1B in his major league career. In the minors, he hasn’t played anything other than 1B since 30 games in LF in 2001 with AA.

      I would feel very comfortable saying there’s no way he could play any of the other positions on the field (even the corner OF again). There’s typically a reason guys end up at 1B, and I’m sure he also fits that criteria.

      So, once Tex is back, no, there is basically no way to keep him on the roster. Tex will (in all likelihood) easily out-hit him and he’s better than Overbay defensively anyway (based on the eye-test), so there’s really no use to having him on the roster since he can’t play anywhere else, isn’t on Hafner’s level at DH, and obviously isn’t a PRer or anything like that.

      He’s had a few big games and big hits, but let’s not go overboard on the whole package. Despite Tex’s clear decline over the last few seasons, he’s still a superior player to what you can get from Overbay (unless the wrist injury REALLY knocks him down further).

      • GreenArm

        Ah, ok, fair enough. I know I could just have looked at BB-Ref, but I’m beyond tired. HAHA, it took enough for me to write this post.

        And OH exactly. I wasn’t trying to say this guy has been the teams savior. (as someone below suggested that, basically) Absolutely want Tex back and healthy as you can’t really even compare him and Overbay. Just figured I’d see if there was any sort of chance (as in, IF he had played a grip at SS or 3B… something like that). (And hell, how this season has gone thus far, even WITH the MAJOR success we’ve had considering how we all felt going into this season, I figured It was worth a look.)

        Thanks bud!

    • vicki

      he’s never played an inning at any other position; obviously we can’t carry a back-up first baseman (and we already have a lefthanded dh). he’s doing the front office a huge service though, in the event of teix’s return.

      • GreenArm

        Yep absolutely. I just didn’t know (and am too sleepy, beat, to check BB-REF) Weak, I know.

        And YES, that he is. Not like we’re gonna get a superstar in return, but man has he outplayed what we (all?) thought we were getting!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Doug Mientkiewicz takes offense.

        I’d LOVE to carry a BU1B. LOVE TO, but it’s mostly because I have a strange attachment to defense-first first-basemen. I agree they’re a roster drain, though.

        • Havok9120

          They can make sense. Occasionally. This just isn’t one of those occasions.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yes and no.

      Yes, it’d be very sad to see him go, and he’s redirected his career.

      Now try building me a balanced 25 man roster with both tex and Overbay.

      The DFA was signed the moment he played his first game.

      • Anderson Silva

        If he keeps that nice production going we just might be able to get something back for him instead of straight up release. Maybe.

  • Jenny C

    Maybe we don’t need Tex.

    • GreenArm

      Sorry. Even with my comment directly above yours. Yes. Yes we do. Yes.

      A million times yes.

    • trr

      yes we need him. but barring the I-word (I can’t bring myself to speak it) it’s hard to slot both O-bay and Tex on the roster

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ha ha. Good one. Got any other jokes?

  • Wiheels

    I was out drinking, missed pretty much the whole thing. We won again! Hahaha.

    • trr

      Don’t forget to hit the bar again tonight

      • Havok9120

        Tonight and tomorrow are going to be long, drunken periods of time I think.

  • https://twitter.com/meatface55 Nick

    somebody made a point during the chat that Kelley had awesome k numbers

  • Bavarian Yankee

    vintage Phil is finally back, huh? But so is the Yankees’ offense.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hey, he didn’t get the win in some games he pitched well enough to win. Consider it a market correction and hope for better next time.

  • TomH

    How about Shawn Kelley?

    That was a Shawn Kelley impersonator.

  • RuralBob

    So far, I find this team a lot less exasperating to watch than last year’s. Maybe it’s “blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed” but it seems that watching Nix strike out is less bothersome than watching Swisher do it. I’ll see how I feel in a few months…

  • TomH

    I like this: ““blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.