Game 57: Just Win

2013 Draft: Hunter Harvey
2013 Draft: Jonathan Gray & Aaron Blair test positive for stimulant
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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Yankees need a win in the worst way. An ugly win, a blowout win, a nail-biter win … just a win. There are no bonus points for style right now.

They’ve lost seven of their last eight and nine of their last 12 games. They’ve scored one or fewer runs five times in the last seven games, and they haven’t scored more than four runs in nine games now. They’ve hit two homers in their last seven games and have gone 20 innings since their last extra-base hit. The last time someone on the active roster had a three-hit game was May 12th (!!!). The pitching staff, as good as it’s been this year, has a 5.05 ERA in the last eight games. It’s ugly. Just scratch out a win however you can and go from there. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Justin Masterson…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Lyle Overbaydesperate times, desperate measures, etc.
  6. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 3B David Adams
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Austin Romine

And on a big league mound for the first time in 18 days, left-hander Andy Pettitte.

It’s been raining on-and-off all day in New York and it’s supposed to do that for another few hours, but nothing really heavy like last night. I guess there could be a delay at some point, but it doesn’t appear they will have trouble playing all nine innings … eventually. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Michael Pineda (shoulder) pitched in an Extended Spring Training game today, his first since suffering a cracked fingernail last week. The Yankees have indicated this will be his final tune-up appearance before beginning an official 30-day minor league rehab assignment, but nothing has been finalized yet.

All-Star Voting Update: MLB released the first update of All-Star fan voting results, and Robinson Cano has received the second most votes in the AL behind Miguel Cabrera. He is in line to start at second base, and no other Yankees ranks among the top four at their position. #VoteJaysonNix2013

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2013 Draft: Hunter Harvey
2013 Draft: Jonathan Gray & Aaron Blair test positive for stimulant
  • Dalek Jeter

    I’ve been waiting with this gif since I found it like a half hour ago http://24.media.tumblr.com/8d0.....o1_400.gif

    • trr

      Why those blouse-wearin’ poodle walkers!

      Yes. Just Win.

  • Winter

    Ok, I get that they’re sticking Overbay in the OF out of desperation, but I figured it would be to get Ichiro out of the lineup, not Wells. Then I looked up the stats, and in May Wells put up a 59 wRC+ to Ichiro’s 63. That’s Wells’s worst month since April 2011.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I don’t mean to question Chris Stewart’s manhood but I worked in almost a constant state of dehydration last summer and I got through it just fine…

    • SDB

      It’s keeping Stewart out of the lineup, so I don’t care too much.

    • trr

      What is this, 3 games he’s missed due to dehydration?

      • Dalek Jeter

        This is going to be number three, yup. I think it’s gotta be something more though, because at it’s absolute worst, if there’s no underlying cause like a parasite or something, a couple IV’s of fluids and you should be set.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Could be caused by Chan Ho Park syndrome.

    • Bo Knows

      Good for you, its not like dehydration has ever affected other people more severely and caused them far worse complications…..oh wait it has; nevermind

  • Winter

    No Yankee ranks in the top four, but Youkilis (?) and Jeter (??) rank in the top five at their respective positions. I’m all for voting for Yankees players when there’s an argument that they deserve it, but that’s just absurd.

  • forensic

    51 career innings for Masterson against the Yankees without allowing a single homerun.

    Only the Pirates at 18 innings have faced him for more than 10 innings without hitting a homer.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Please everyone who reads this cast your 25 write ins for Francisco Cervelli.

    It just may work.

    • vicki

      but i really, really want chris stewart to start the all-star game. let him make as much a mockery of the midsummer classic as he has our season so far.

      • Pasta

        Lol yeah watching buckholtz throw ball after ball back to the screen lol

  • Dalek Jeter

    http://gawker.com/6-minutes-of.....socialflow

    WATCH THIS (if you’re a Game of Thrones fan and have seen last night’s episode)

  • Mouse

    Everybody on the Indians are gonna try to hit to right field.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Interesting start.

  • Eddard

    Overbay is going to be just fine in RF. Just play deep and don’t let anything go over your head. Gardner will protect right-center. Pretty sad that they signed Ichiro to a 2 year deal and a 1st baseman is a better option than him.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Ichiro is still in the lineup.

    • DC

      Ichiro is in LF. Wells is out this game.

  • vicki

    i like that loverbay said it was robbie who urged him to work out in right a couple of days ago. leader.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Standing Ovation for Swish :)

    • Wheels

      Yeah, that’s nice.

      • vicki

        i like it. i hope giambi gets some love tomorrow too.

  • Pasta

    Whats the deal with stewie PMS ?

    • Dalek Jeter

      They’re calling it dehydration, but like I said earlier; unless it’s caused by some kind of virus or parasite or something I can’t see dehydration being a 3 day issue in an otherwise healthy professional athlete.

  • Eddard

    Andy’s back and hasn’t lost a beat.

  • Pasta

    Thats the swish i remember.

  • The Doctor

    Great to see Swish get a nice hand, even better to see Andy K him with a RISP.

  • Cy Pettitte

    anything better than a CGSO for Masterson is a huge victory for this line up

    • Cy Pettitte

      worse than*

  • Pasta

    Great at bat robbie first pitch weak grounder yup big money

  • Cy Pettitte

    is Pronk hurt or something? Wells I understand but I didn’t think he’d go to shit like this too

    • The Doctor

      Everyone slumps, not to mention that last at bat was no joke. The final slider literally just dotted the outside corner.

      • Cy Pettitte

        .179/,286/.299 in May, that’s a pretty bad slump I can’t even remember too many well hit balls in the last month from him.

  • The Doctor

    Can’t blame Pronk for that. Practically unhittable.

  • Wheels

    You’re fine Romine. You have to be.

  • The Doctor

    My heart is jumping every single time a ball is hit out towards right field…

  • BigBlueAL

    Its not just that the Yankees cant score runs, its that their offensive innings are just not competitive. In the past they would go into slumps and struggle to score runs but mainly it was because of struggles with RISP. Right now it takes a miracle just to get a runner into scoring position.

  • forensic

    Don’t really understand why Youk isn’t playing tonight. I know his numbers aren’t great against Masterson, but Adams isn’t any better and Youk played all of one game in the field after 2 at DH.

    Probably wouldn’t make a huge difference in the end considering how they’re all hitting anyway, but still…

  • Dalek Jeter

    So, do you guys get the sense that Joe plays favorites a bit…I mean, for example Brennan Boesch gets sent up and down and doesn’t get even a legit chance as the 4th outfielder meanwhile Francisco got over a month and a half as the regular RHH DH, regularly hitting 2nd or 5th in the lineup; meanwhile with Adams (a 3rd baseman) and Youkilis (a 3rd baseman who can play 1st)both healthy Loverbay and his >.300 OBP have to stay on the team.

    Basically, I feel that Boesch was sent down because Joe doesn’t like him/is playing style for whatever reason instead of the seemingly “better” move of cutting bait with Overbay or sending Adams down. Right now Jayson Nix is our 4th outfielder…and I can’t see how a manager can put himself in that position.

    • forensic

      Sure. Some of it is also blind faith, thinking something should happen even though there’s no real evidence to say it should (such as Francisco hitting lefties), and a possible obsession with bad players because he was one too.

  • forensic

    Thanks for the free out. Looked like he almost started limping at the end too.

    • sangreal

      Well you called it

  • Troll

    2013: The Year the Yankees Died.

  • Wheels

    Enough with the Pinstripe Bowl already.

    • Dalek Jeter

      YES Network: PLEASE START PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ‘SPORTS’ PART OF YANKEES ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS NETWORK!!! PLEASE

      • forensic

        Is College Football not a sport?

        • Dalek Jeter

          Which is why they’re forcing it down our throats right now.

  • nycsportzfan

    Its bad when a half yr of Alvaro Espinosa would be a upgrade at Short for the yanks this yr. I never thought i’d say that.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    No bunt?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    No bunt?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Good decision.

  • Wheels

    Here we go. Top of the order

  • nycsportzfan

    wow, back to back singles by brignac and romine? You may never say that again!

  • Cy Pettitte

    how come our batters are staying on the field after their at bats instead of going back to the dugout? what’s going on here?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Seriously? the 1 game I get to actually watch on television this week is going to be a 3 hour commercial for the “new and improved” Pinstripe bowl?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    They have to be able to score now, right?

  • forensic

    Well, this is a big chance, hopefully they capitalize.

  • nycsportzfan

    There juiced for robbie!!! Lets do this!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    This would be the time for Robbie to rejoin the club

  • Troll

    I’ll have a GIDP please.

    One Rally Killer for table 2!

    • Troll

      Get Cano out the fu**ing lineup. He’s a lazy ass hat. FUC*ING IDIOT!

  • forensic

    Geez Cano, you’re not contractually obligated to swing at the first pitch in every AB.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Really Robbie? First pitch swinging. After a 4 pitch walk?! Against a ground ball pitcher??!?!?!

  • Wheels

    Jeez, if we don’t get anything here…

  • nycsportzfan

    200million dollar man right there!

  • SDB

    TEX!

  • Dalek Jeter

    MARK TEIXEIRA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Tex!!!!!!!!! !!!!! !!!

  • Tom

    Tex!

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh shit, definitely wasn’t expecting that.

  • BigBlueAL

    Tex!!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Tex!!

  • forensic

    TEX!!!

    Just snuck out. Talk about a Yankee Stadium cheapie, but I’ll certainly take it.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Looked pretty well struck to me. A rope.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    How bout a Tex message.

  • Pour some cougar on me

    Somebody pinch me, I must dreaming

  • vicki

    daddy’s home!

  • nycsportzfan

    Overbay, who?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Overbay, and you’ll get better service next time.

      #knockknockjokeoftheday

      • nycsportzfan

        hehe

        • Robinson Tilapia

          OK, you laughed at that. I will now not make fun of you the rest of the night.

          • nycsportzfan

            Someone named Robinson Tilapia isn’t gonna make fun of me tonight? Feeeewww!!!!(sarcasm)

  • Mykey

    Oh, that feels very good.

  • sangreal

    Never been so happy with a NYS HR

  • forensic

    Ends their 53 inning homerless streak against Masterson. And not a moment too soon.

  • The Doctor

    Here I was bitching about Robbie’s impatience and there it goes. TEX

  • Troll

    Y’all notice that after Gardner’s 4 pitch walk that Cano, Tex, and Hafner swung at the first pitch? I’m not one too normally blame coaches, but Kevin Long, dude . . . what gives?

    • Winter

      Yeah, that Tex AB sucked.

      • Troll

        And had he GIDP on the first pitch you would’ve slit your wrists . . . His Giant Salami doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re not approaching the pitcher with much of a game plan, but instead going up there hacking. It’s been much of the story during their abysmal play, the fact that they demonstrate absolutely no plate discipline.

        • Winter

          He swung at the first pitch because it was a good pitch to hit. I don’t have a problem with swinging at meatballs on the first pitch.

        • vicki

          o’s are as bad as we are p/pa-wise and they have the best offense in the league. sure, i’d like to get good pitchers out earlier, but if it’s not a guy’s game to work counts then it’s just not his game.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Cano’s was bad.
      Tex and Hafner were pretty much down the middle.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I wonder what Mick Taylor thought of that.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      …..said no one in a serious tone of voice ever.

    • DC

      He threw his tapioca against the wall.

  • Winter

    Remember when people were saying the Yankees would be better off without their DL players?

    Yeah…

  • forensic

    That’s why they had to keep Overbay. They knew he’d be able to force Bourn to fall down…

  • flamingo

    Was that our first grand slam of the year?

    • forensic

      Yup.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      yep

    • Robinson Tilapia

      yap

    • Troll

      I think Boston has 4 already. They’re astronomical with the bases jacked. It’s . . . . annoying.

  • forensic

    5 hits in one inning??? This is madness…

    • Dalek Jeter

      Cat’s marrying Dogs!!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think nycsportzfan’s using your PC, Plouffers.

        • vicki

          he meant cat stevens is a polygamous bestialist.

      • forensic

        Can’t let that go without adding this…

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3ZOKDmorj0

        • Dalek Jeter

          Hahaha, nice.

          • forensic

            Weird, now I can’t see the video on here but it was find on youtube. That happens to me a bunch on here and I don’t get it.

            • forensic

              *fine, not find

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This just in: Justin Masterson can go fuck himself.

    TEX, BABY!

  • Pasta

    All the callers bitching on francessa about Tex today can suck it.

  • Eddard

    I thought for sure after Cano grounded out that they’d manage to get 0 runs out of that. Teixera with the biggest hit of the season for the Yanks. Andy should be able to lock it down.

  • Wheels

    Feels good to be up 3 runs.

  • nycsportzfan

    I thought there was a law against texting while you drive?

    • sangreal

      Teixeira already made this joke. Every day, several times, in his ad

  • Cy Pettitte

    This afternoon on Mike Frnacesa: caller says he’d take Overbay over Teix. lol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwrfs2la2fc

    • flamingo

      Someone mentioned that this past Friday, the last time I was listening. Mike burst out laughing and hung up on him. First time in a while I remember agreeing with him.

      • nycsportzfan

        The one thing i’ll say on behalf of Overbay is he makes a ton less money then what Tex makes for his extra producion, which is money you could of used other places while Overby fills in for a yr. But overall, obviously Tex is better.

  • Dalek Jeter

    What is this number next to NYY…it’s not a 0 or a 1…I’m confused. I thought the Yankees only score in binary?

    • Pour some cougar on me

      I think it’s a glitch in the system

  • Pasta

    It the jayson nix chris stewart syndrom neither are in there to kill rallys and fuck up.

  • Wheels

    Andy looking pretty good.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Shut down inning. Nice going Andy!

  • Tom

    And a routine 1-2-3 shutdown inning? What is this insanity?

  • Kramerica Industries

    The answer was so obviously Teixeira.

  • forensic

    The Astros are horrible because of their potentially historicly bad pitching, not necessarily the offense.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Their offense was striking out at an unbelievable rate earlier this season.

      • forensic

        They still are, but their offense is just a touch below the mid-point in the Majors. Their team ERA is nearly half a run worse than anyone else.

  • forensic

    For a terrible hitter, Brignac sure does whine to the ump a lot.

  • Pasta

    Masterson has crazy movement on his fastball.

  • Pasta

    Ichiro catches that

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Why the hell is Cano fielding that instead of Gardner?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Looked like Gardnder didn’t see it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    how the fuck does Gardy not come in and get that? no way Bourn scores if Gardy catches it coming in.

  • Troll

    Inevitable implosion time? Three-run dinger from Swishalicious?

    • forensic

      It’s hard to hit a 3-run homer when there’s only one guy on base.

      • Troll

        There WERE two . . .

  • Darren

    Gardner didn’t even see that ball. He barely reacted. Cano has such a cannon he made it close.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I know Cabrera was injured on the play, but that was still an incredible play by Robbie.

  • Pasta

    Acl or mcl looked bad

  • Dalek Jeter

    Our defense first catchers haven’t looked good defensively in a couple of weeks now…

    • forensic

      Only weeks?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Okay, months.

        • forensic

          Only months? :-)

          • Troll

            Have the Yankees had a solid defensive catcher since Molina left?

    • Pasta

      Romine still better than stewie back there

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Andy’s hurt?

  • Troll

    Two wild pitches in 5 innings from Reliable Andy? What’s going on here? Shall I continue my hatred of Romine or is Andy actually rusty?

  • Dalek Jeter

    …Great time to lose the plate Andy.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Please don’t blow this, Andy.

  • forensic

    Come on Pettitte, one more out please.

  • Troll

    And now, as tradition dictates, the opposing parties will meet for the exchange of the salamis.

  • forensic

    Come on guys, you just talked for 10 minutes on the mound and threw all of one pitch. Gotta go talk again???

  • Troll

    Wow, has he seriously thrown 10 straight balls? What’s the record for THAT?

  • Pasta

    Strike

  • Dalek Jeter

    …if he makes contact it’s a 6-2 game.

  • Andy

    He has been off, but also squeezed on some

  • nycsportzfan

    How did the Indians aquire Santana again?

    • forensic

      Traded to them by the Dodgers for Casey Blake.

      • nycsportzfan

        Good deal for Indians.

  • Pasta

    Another striket

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Fuck.
    Bullpen please.

  • SDB

    Shit. All that hope, and then this…

  • vicki

    rookie looking more and more like a rookie.

  • Mykey

    I think I have to take a break from baseball for a bit.

  • nycsportzfan

    F U Adams! If your not gonna make the tough plays, then WTF!

  • Pasta

    Adams sucks

  • Eddard

    And Andy has squandered the lead. I don’t know if they’ll score another run.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This is fucking Murphy’s Law type shit right now.

  • Troll

    In one inning the Yankees amassed 5 hits and a walk, yet, through 4 innings Masterson has tallied only 54 pitches. Not bad . . . for the Indians.

  • Pasta

    He should have been guarding the line

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking pathetic doesn’t even begin to describe this inning. Those walks are inexcusable.

    • forensic

      Yup, 10 straight balls. Absolutely terrible.

  • forensic

    That sucked. Wonder if the runner from first also scored if that stays on the field though since he was running on the pitch.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh well. That was kinda fun while it lasted.

  • Winter

    Honestly, that’s not the type of play you can reasonably expect someone to make. Obviously it’s great if he does, but that ball is almost impossible to field. Adams has looked solid at 3B so far, this doesn’t change my opinion of him defensively at all.

    • Mikhel

      Adams keeps on fielding every grounder sideways, that is not the way to field at third, you need to block the ball in case you don’t get it. I wouldn’t call Adam’s fielding “solid”, sure, that last one was a bullet but he already had it located and in his glove, the guy can’t field, simple as that.

      Between Adam’s “fielding” and Cano’s lazyness, they’ve costed the Yanks all four runs. If cano planted his foot and made a throw to home he would have gotten the out, instead he flung a mediocre throw to home that came up short, and i say mediocre because he was barely out of the infield.

  • BigBlueAL

    When your offense sucks, your defense has to make all the plays.

    • forensic

      That’s a really tough play though. I put that inning on Pettitte and the 10 straight balls and two walks he threw.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    I wonder if Andy is hurt again. He wasn’t very sharp tonight but then he just lost it completely. Strange

  • Tom

    One hard hit ball the whole damn inning (the leadoff double). But Andy can’t be walking people with a 2 run lead and 2 out, and not on 8 pitches back to back.

    The scary thing is that Masterson is only at 54 pitches…

    • Winter

      Santana’s double was hit pretty hard…

      • Tom

        Might want to read my comment again.

        • Winter

          Santana’s double was the run-scoring double, not the leadoff double.

          • Tom

            I don’t think that ball wasn’t that hard hit. It just looked that way from Adams’ awkwardness going after it. (just a lot of top spin)

            • WhittakerWalt

              It would have been a good play, but Adams should have gotten it.

  • nycsportzfan

    Jesus, we suck now.

  • Troll

    And you get a walk, and you get a walk, and you get a walk! Everyone gets a walk!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Strikes please.
    Someone? Anyone?

  • Eddard

    With two catchers leading the coaching staff you’d think they’d teach these guys how to block a ball.

  • forensic

    And another walk…

  • Eddard

    This ump was calling anything and everything and now he’s calling nothing.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Am I the only one who held my breath when Overbay started listing right towards the end of that play?

    • forensic

      That was almost as routine as routine gets, and he was still looking for help from Cano. This experiment will cost they big at some point. Maybe not tonight, but it will bite them eventually.

  • nycsportzfan

    Go figure, the one night we get to masterson is a night we get nothing from our starter. We need to pull this one out!

  • forensic

    Geez Hafner…

  • nycsportzfan

    Jesus, Hafners a mess!

  • Mykey

    Yikes, everybody’s slumping.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Pronk looks like his AB’s can’t be over fast enough for him.

  • forensic

    Come on guys, you don’t have to swing at the first pitch every damn time.

  • nycsportzfan

    I feel like we missed some good elevated over the middle pitches that half inning.

  • Troll

    New York Hackers reporting for duty.

  • WhittakerWalt

    How many 1-pitch outs is that for us in this game?

    • forensic

      7 one-pitch AB’s. 5 outs, one single, one homerun.

  • Winter

    Guys, swinging at the first pitch isn’t always bad. A lot of those first pitches have been bad pitches over the middle of the plate. I’m more worried about Yankees not driving those pitches than I am about them swinging at them.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      +1

    • Troll

      When you’re a shitty player, as the majority of the lineup is, your best bet is probably freezing up in the batter’s box and driving up an elite pitcher’s pitch count. I mean, let’s be real, Romine, Brignac, and Suzuki aren’t likely to make solid contact . . .

      • Winter

        If the first pitch is the best one they’re gonna see, I have no problem with them swinging at it. You don’t want to fall behind against a so-called “elite pitcher” either. If he lays one down the middle you take a cut.

        • Troll

          If you’re Miguel Cabrera or Dustin Pedroia, do whatever you want, but when your name is Reid Brignac or David Adams . . . I think they’d better serve the team by watching a few go down the pipe first.

  • nycsportzfan

    Kelley looks filthy this half inn!

  • Troll

    5 1-pitch
    3 2-pitch

    • Troll

      8 outs on 11 pitches. Eek!

      The cat!

  • nycsportzfan

    There ya go Kelley! Thats dominance right fucking there!

  • nycsportzfan

    Time for Ichiro to tag one!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Just tuned in. Yay Tex. How’s Loverbay working out in right?

    • Troll

      Decent things happen when you’re not around. Go away.

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        Nah, I was here during our miraculous April too. Can’t explain that one, Troll.

        • Troll

          You had a different handle . . . Booyah!

    • Dalek Jeter

      He’s only had two tests…he took a good route to a ball over his head but needed help tracking the most routine of routine fly balls.

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        Hmm interesting. What do you mean by “needed help”?

        • Dalek Jeter

          He was coming in to field it, and I’m talking just a basic fly ball to medium/shallow right and he looked to Cano for help tracking it.

          • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

            Ahh gotcha. I still can’t believe he’s playing there! No complaints though, we are winning afterall.

  • nycsportzfan

    There ya go ichiro!

  • Troll

    9 outs on 12 pitches now

  • Troll

    David Adams is officially a pumpkin. He’s no Will Middlebrooks . . . :(

    • forensic

      Adams: .259/.283/.414 entering tonight
      Middlebrooks: .201/.234/.408

      Adams has him beat in all 3 categories.

      • Troll

        When Middlebrooks came up . . . last season. That’s why, at least one of the reasons, why the Sox were able to forfeit the Greek.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          After they traded Youk last year, Middlebrooks hit a very current Adams-like 244/277/423 the rest of the year.

          • Troll

            Not what I was referring to. What were his stats (with HRs, please) before they traded the Greek God of Walks?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Better. 326/365/583, 9 HR.
              Still turned into a pumpkin.

              • Troll

                A pumpkin that was able to give quite a bit more before his transformation . . . GD SOX!

      • Dalek Jeter

        Dude, it’s not even worth it…just O:S him and hope he goes away.

        • Troll

          Haha. Wow. You’re . . . . . . . .

          . . . . . .

          . . . . . . something else.

          • Dalek Jeter
            • Troll

              Uhh, sure . . . Okay. Yeah. Whatever you say, buddy. Way to make things awkward.

            • Dalek Jeter

              For everybody else, I know this gif makes no sense in this context…I was just looking for a reason to use it.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Just tell me now if it was a bag of dicks.

  • nycsportzfan

    What are you looking for Brignac? Don’t you want to stay in the bigs?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Can’t catch a break. Absolutely amazing.

  • teddy

    unbelieveable

  • Wheels

    It’s scary being a pitcher.

    • trr

      Yup

  • SDB

    GARDY!

  • Kramerica Industries

    FUCK YES

  • forensic

    Gardner!!!

    Thanks for cutting that off too Masterson!

  • Wheels

    Yeah Gardy!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Hell yes, Gardy!!!!!!

    And thanks for the cut off.

  • nycsportzfan

    Gardy muthafucker!

  • Troll

    Romine a better base-stealer than Gardner? Sure, why not.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Lol Masterson you idiot.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Gardy!!!

  • Tom

    Wow – he looked like he would have been out by a mile…

    Breaks starting to even out?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    That was a rather clutch hit. Hit the hanger-

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gardner!!!!

    Thanks for the cut-off there Masterson!!!

    And that throw to 2nd!

  • trr

    Gardener!
    Planting one in CF

  • Get Phelps Up

    The cutoff that turned the season around?

    • Dalek Jeter

      We can only hope.

  • Wheels

    If Cano is playing for a contract, you sure wouldn’t know it.

    • forensic

      Single-handedly trying to disprove the myth of playing better in a contract year…

  • Tom

    Ironically, the Romine ball hitting Masterson may have actually helped the Yankees.

    If Ichiro scores on that, I don’t see Romine stealing 2nd… who knows what Grandy and Cano do but the Yankees would have needed a double or 2 hits to score that 2nd run.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ahh, the Fallacy of the predetermined outcome. Greg, The Real Greg’s favorite thing.

  • Troll

    According to ESPN Box Score:

    Justin Masterson pitching for New York

    Homina homina homina!

  • Troll

    Haha, oh man. I cannot wait until Joba’s off the team. The only problem though, does the bum have a lick of trade value anymore?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I’m not a big Joba fan but he’s been sharp since he got off the DL. SSS though.

      • Troll

        That may’ve been a tad harsh, I agree. This game’s got me on the bloody edge of my tampon!

      • forensic

        He’s been great since his first 2 or 3 appearances of the year. He just seems to have reached A-Rod territory where nothing he does is right.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    No defensive replacement for Overbay yet?

    • forensic

      He’s up 3rd next inning, that’s gotta be the reason why.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Not worth the risk, imo.
        Glad it didn’t cost them. This time.

        • forensic

          I agree, but at least they got through it. Just gotta hope for the K’s from Joba in that situation.

    • Tom

      I assume due up 3rd, Girardi is trying to “steal” 3 more outs in the field.

      Kind of a 50/50 call… one extra inning in the field vs one extra AB.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        If it was a normal bad defender, I could get that, but for a guy playing there for the first time in an extremely long time, that’s asking for trouble.

  • emac2

    Romine is now 9 for 60 while Wells is 8 for his last 60.

  • Dalek Jeter

    God Jobber is so awful..and fat…and worthless…and a bum…

    • Mike Francesa

      Jobber is pretty fat.

      • Dalek Jeter

        *Insert some clever pun involving the pot and the kettle both being black* and something something something DANGER ZONE.

        • Mike Francesa

          Here’s the Mink man…

  • forensic

    Was that flop at 1B the equivalent of the barrel-roll in the OF?

  • Dalek Jeter

    PRONK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wheels

    PRONK!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Pronk!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Hopefully that gets him going again.

  • SDB

    Welcome back Pronk. Hope we see more of those now.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Masterdon gets Pronked!

  • flamingo

    PILE IT ON.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Oh man. There are way too many numbers in that box score… my head is going to explode.

  • Troll

    Pretty interesting statistic for the game thus game: 10 outs on 14 pitches.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Even more interesting stat, the Yankees have a run differential of +3 through 6 defensive innings. If the pitcher is elevating and throwing first pitch fastballs for hittable strikes, swing.

      • Dalek Jeter

        7* defensive innings.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Thanks you beat me to it.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Send that fucking Wave bullshit home.

    How that trend permeated Yankee Stadium is a source of incredible annoyance.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Amen!

  • Tom

    Pinch run for Overbay here Girardi… If you are going to put Wells in next inning, why not put Wells on at 1st?

  • The Real Greg

    Okay I did not expect them to pound Masterson the way they have. Let’s see if it continues tomorrow.

    Tear me to shreds, guys.

    • Mike Francesa

      Get lawst.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Oh god, are you going to be a regular gag, now?

  • forensic

    Why put Wells in now but not PR with him???

    • Tom

      Girardi did this a lot last year (with Ibanez mostly if I remember correctly)… maybe he thinks you can only put in defensive subs at the start of an inning?

    • The Real Greg

      My guess is that because Wells is probably not going to steal a bag and does not give an overwhelming upgrade in speed.

      • forensic

        It’s still an upgrade. There is no logic (your favorite word for him) to not PR’ing with him when he’s clearly going to replace him the next half inning in the field.

        • The Real Greg

          True. I don’t know. Maybe if he felt it was necessary, he would have done it.

      • Tom

        What is the value of keeping Overbay in?

        If Wells is coming in anyway why would you willingly leave in the slow player even if the impact is minor?

        • The Real Greg

          I don’t know why he didn’t do it.

  • forensic

    Ok Robertson and Mo. 6 up, 6 down please. Nice and easy.

  • Get Phelps Up

    “In fairness, the Yankees are just 2 behind in the loss column, so with a win tonight… … …the Yankees gain a half a game.”

  • Tom

    Brignac might not hit a lick, but he does look pretty smooth in the field. (and seriously reduces the anxiety level on a ball hit to SS)

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hey…Brignac, not being an offensive 0…maybe Nixie can take a couple of nights off?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Another run would be nice so Mo can get a night off.

    • The Real Greg

      Mo has pitched only twice since last Tuesday, so I don’t think he needs the rest.

    • forensic

      Eh, he’s been off the last 2 nights and has pitched once in the last 5 days and twice in the last 8 days. Also 3 times in 13 days and 4 times in 19 days.

      He’s had plenty of rest with the bad baseball they’ve been playing.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Why does he need the night off?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Come on Indians, lets keep it a Save situation so I can…I mean Mo can…pick up a save.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    From reading about the last 30 minutes of this thread, without the game on (and I switched to the Heat a while ago), you’d have thought the Yanks blew the lead or something.

    • forensic

      Huh? There’s nothing like that posted here recently.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    No hiccups Mo. Shit together.

  • Wheels

    Out!

    • Wheels

      Ok, maybe not

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yankees…win??

  • forensic

    Nice win guys!

    Try to build on it now against Kazmir tomorrow.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    For motherfucking Prussia, bitch.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yes, indeed.

    • Pat D

      Again, it wasn’t mentioned at the beginning, so the meme is dead.

      Havok needs to return and reinvigorate it.

  • JonS

    yea!! A win!!

    Very much needed!!!

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

    Gotta ask: Why all the hate for the wave? I never understood that.

    • Pat D

      It’s fucking stupid. It was cute at the beginning, which was what, 1956?

      • forensic

        Late 70’s, early 80’s. And what’s the big deal? Some people like it, especially kids. Let them have fun if they want to.

    • Mouse

      Cause tough, blue collar fans don’t do that weak sissy shit.

    • SDB

      It’s the wave, and it’s annoying. Save that for soccer stadiums.