Game 60: The start of a long West Coast trip


(Photo via flickr user henry alva)

The Yanks’ next ten games remind me a bit of my childhood. Before the unbalanced schedule sent the Yanks on multiple West Coast trips with ridiculous Mariners/Royals back-to-back sets, these swings through Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim used to be the norm, and I hated them. I couldn’t stay up to watch much, if any, of these 10 p.m. games, and I wouldn’t find out the winner until the morning. But the Yanks can’t play out a season avoiding the AL West, and well, here we are.

The series against the Mariners kicks off with my least favorite Yankee hurler on the mound. I used to love Phil Hughes, but I’ve grown tired of watching him. His good starts outnumber his bad starts this year, but his stuff hasn’t developed as we all hoped. He gives up predictable home runs, and I’m still expecting his change-up to become a viable pitch any day now. That said, he’s facing Aaron Harang. Here’s to offense.

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C

Phil Hughes P

First pitch is at 10:10 p.m. Eastern, and the game can be seen on YES where Kenny Singleton and Bob Lorenz will usher you through the evening.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    So who’s ready for a little late night baseball?

  2. Kramerica Industries says:

    I can’t even remember the last time Kay bothered to make the trip to Seattle.

  3. Kramerica Industries says:

    By the way, MLB.tv has been absolutely terrible tonight. All fellow subscribers have been forewarned.

  4. Matt DiBari says:

    Didn’t we just have Phil Hughes night? I really wasn’t looking forward to another one so soon.

    I guess if he’s going to succeed anywhere, its in this ballpark though.

  5. VT Yankee Fan says:

    I used to love the west coast games when I worked nights. Now…not so much.

  6. forensic says:

    I agree with you on Hughes. Kind of looking forward to the end of the season when he finally leaves via free agency (still would’ve liked to see a trade involving him have gone down earlier in his career, but oh well).

  7. McLovin says:

    Aaron Harang has really shit the bed this year.

  8. Havok9120 says:

    That was a nice pitch on the K to Hafner. Very nice.

  9. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeez, Pronk. I’m all for showing patience, but you just took three average fastballs right over the plate.

  10. Kevin says:

    Hughes pitches up in the zone & although he has had some great games he will never be able to win consistently with this style. I actually like him as a person but as a pitcher he just doesn’t have the velocity to pitch the way he does. We can only hope that we get the good Hughes tonite. I can’t see how the Yankees can keep him after this year & he may be traded by the deadline this yr.

  11. Petebest says:

    Anyone hear the yankee fans in Seattle doin the roll call? The microphones on yes are picking it up

  12. Wheels says:

    That was scary.

  13. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hughes is throwing more offspeed stuff than usual. Sure beats the 0-2 cookies he usually serves up.

  14. Mike M says:

    Conversely, as I got older I loved the West Coast games.

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

    Nice H&R

  16. Eddard says:

    Genius hit and run. Now drive them home.

  17. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice hit and run.

  18. Eddard says:

    HE’S BACK! ROBBIE CANO!!!!!!!!

  19. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    That’s the Robbie we all know and love.

  20. SDB says:

    Hopefully that’ll break Cano out of that slump.

  21. The Real Greg says:


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

    More of that now,please.

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice to have you back, Robbie

  24. Rolling Doughnut says:


  25. forensic says:

    Who is that man that stole Cano’s jersey tonight? :-)

    Nice Cano! Good to see you show up tonight.

  26. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    Cano, y’know?

  27. Havok9120 says:

    Dammit Cano. We were rallying.

  28. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    Back to back, and ah belly to belly!

  29. forensic says:


    Back to back, and a belly to belly…

  30. Eddard says:


  31. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:


  32. The Real Greg says:

    LOL at Lorenz.

    Here’s Hafner, I mean Teixeira,…It’s gone

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

    Back to back.
    Glad it only took until the third for them to realize Aaron Harang was pitching.

  34. Wheels says:

    Holy mackerel!

  35. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    Mike would call that a Safeco cheapie…….

  36. Havok9120 says:

    See, Tex knows how to do it. No breaking up the rally from him.

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow how did that fall in for a hit?

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

    Holy lack of OF range.

  39. Havok9120 says:

    Jeez. ‘Dat defense.

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

    I like this inning

  41. Eddard says:

    Aaron Harang is a sitting duck out there.

  42. forensic says:

    Sterling: “And they are banging Harang… around.”

    Just barely caught himself and added the around late.

  43. Havok9120 says:

    So. This seems to be going well.

    I lay it all at the feet of the return of the Prussia references.

  44. Wheels says:

    Time to break out of your slump Vernon.

  45. Havok9120 says:

    Again I say: ‘Dat defense.

  46. Winter says:

    BABIP gods making up for that inning against CC yesterday.

  47. forensic says:

    What are those weird numbers in the H and RBI columns next to Vernon Wells’ name? Must be typos…

  48. The Real Greg says:

    Poor Austin Romine.

  49. Eddard says:

    When Wells and Ichiro are getting hits it’s time to bring in a reliever.

  50. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice crooked number. pile.it.on.

  51. forensic says:

    Well, this inning has gone swimmingly.

    Now just need Hughes to put them down somewhat quietly the rest of the night and start off the trip with a nice, easy win.

  52. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    This lead is Hughes-proof. Time to mess with their pen some more.

    • forensic says:

      It should be, but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s blown big leads. But again, against this lineup in this park he should be able to be ok.

  53. Leg-End says:

    Harang was throwing BP in that inning, I would have fancied my chances.

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

    That’s a very high strike.

  55. Anderson Silva says:

    it’s so nice to come home to a 6 run lead

  56. McLovin says:

    Romine has no luck at all.

  57. Rolling Doughnut says:

    6 run lead in Safeco, Mariners lineup, Phil may just get a W

  58. WhittakerWalt says:

    The Yankees were haranguing Aaron with those base hits!

  59. forensic says:

    Hope Beaven didn’t bother unpacking when he arrived today. This is the kind of game that he could find himself on his way right back to Tacoma afterwards.

  60. WhittakerWalt says:

    Aaron Harang looks like Giovanni Ribisi crossed with Paul Giamatti.

  61. Dalek Jeter says:

    It’s “facebook official” my longest-had friend is engaged. (middle of a blowout game, not much to talk about.)

  62. The Real Greg says:

    Spurs win Game 1

  63. forensic says:

    So, I just took over someone else’s keeper league team, getting back into fantasy baseball for the first time in forever.

    I just had two trades offered to me. One I get Kelly Johnson and give up James Loney. The other I get Johnson and Dan Strailly and give up Loney and Alex Cobb.

    Turning down the one with Cobb seems like pretty much a no-brainer but I’m not sure on the other one.

    My two 2B’s currently are Zobrist and Everth Cabrera (who are also my only SS’s, along with Jimmy Rollins). I have several 1B, most notably Votto, Dunn, and Berkman (along with Lind and Ike Davis for now).

    Seems like I’d be pretty well dealing from a position of strength for a possible, but not definite, upgrade at 2B.

    Anyone with thoughts?

    • SDB says:

      Loney’s had a good first third of the season, but I’d say sell high right now (before he regresses) and get Johnson in that first trade.

      Cobb’s awesome. Don’t give him up. I’m regretting not starting him in my lineup this week – was worried the Tigers would tear him apart, so kept him benched while he went 7.2 IP for no runs.

      • forensic says:

        Yeah, that was my thought too as Loney’s numbers have already started dropping, though Johnson’s will likely drop a little too (but hopefully he’ll at least keep hitting righties a bit).

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I agree with SBD. Depending on the rest of your roster, you definitely have 2 out of the 3 of Votto, Dunn, and Berkman at 1st and a Util position, plus Loney has been coming back to earth a bit of late.

      • forensic says:

        Yeah, there’s actually also a CI position where I have to put one of them everyday. My only 3B eligible guy is Adrian Beltre, so I’m almost tempted to see if I could get someone like Todd Frazier or Nolan Arenado (though he’s terrible right now) from him instead of Johnson. Don’t know if it really matters much though.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          I’d definitely try to squeeze Frazier out of him, last time I checked Frazier has like 3 eligible positions, plus he’s a damn good hitter so he’d probably be a good get.

          • forensic says:

            Frazier had 1B, 3B, LF while Johnson has 2B and LF, so it’s just the 3B vs. 2B deal, with the little extra bit of 1B. Frazier also has the nice ballpark he gets to play his home games in (and it’s one less Ray I’d have to have on my team :-)). He’s got a slightly worse line than Johnson since his power disappeared in May for some reaon, but hopefully it’ll show back up again.

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              I think the 3B eligibility makes him a more valuable overall player for you because you have 2nd basemen for days but only 1 guy for 3rd base.

              • forensic says:

                Yeah, that’s also true.

                Should I also have mentioned that I have A-Rod on my DL? ;-)

                • Dalek Jeter says:

                  As an A-Rod supporter, why in gods name do you have him taking up a DL spot? There’s a chance he doesn’t play a game this season whether he gets suspended or not.

                  • forensic says:

                    Well, like I said, I only just got the team, literally about 3 days ago, so I’m still working on cleaning it up.

                    Also, it’s not a big deal right now. We have 5(!) DL spots so right now I don’t need another one open (though I do have all 5 occupied at the moment). Cory Luebke is also another possibility of someone on the DL I could drop if needed.

                    Kemp, Putz, and Pineda (also a drop possibility if really desperate) are the other 3 spots.

                • SDB says:

                  A bit early to stash him, isn’t it?

                  Who are the other 3Bs available in your league?

                  • forensic says:

                    I don’t know at what point the initial owner ended up getting him, so I’m not sure when he arrived.

                    It’s a 12 team league with what seems to be large rosters, so free agency is pretty slim pickins all-around.

                    The top ranked 3B available are Eric Chavez and Mike Aviles. Then it jumps up to Descalso, Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, DeRosa, Ramiro Pena (!), Nick Punto. Mostly, these guys are just positional variability players who could move around for me.

                    Jose Iglesias after them isn’t a horrible choice the way he’s fluking into hits, but Middlebrooks will be back in a week and I don’t know if he’ll play after that. The only other interesting one is Jordan Pacheco because he also has C eligibility.

                    • forensic says:

                      So, to sum up, I countered with Loney for Frazier and we’ll see happens.

                      Thanks for the input guys!

  64. Eddard says:

    Go Spurs! Duncan deserves another ring in his swan song. LeBron deserves nothing.

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    From the little review I just read on Ian Clarkin (our 3rd pick) it sounds a lot like if Kaminsky was still on the board at 32/33 the Yankees might have gone with him. Damn You Cardinals!!!

    • SDB says:

      Sadly, I think the Cards will do much more with a talented pitching prospect than the Yankees will.

      Then again, maybe I’m just jaded after the failures of the ‘Killer Bs’ and the regressions of Hughes and Jobber.

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

    Nice camera work.

  67. Dalek Jeter says:

    Woah…baseball player showing some RANGE.

  68. Havok9120 says:

    Heck of a play by Nix.

  69. Pat D says:

    I love how Lorenz called Ibanez “Hughes’ arch-nemesis.”

    But they were teammates last year!

    What happened? Did Ibanez throw Hughes through The Barbershop window?

  70. Troll says:

    Typical Yankees. Score early on then put the bats to bed . . .

  71. Dalek Jeter says:

    I swear I saw Hughes mouth “F— you, Axisa” as he walked off the mound ;)

    • forensic says:

      You mean Kabak, right?

      Maybe also forensic? :-)

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Totally didn’t realize this was a Ben G/T, in retrospect though it did look a little wordsy for Mike. Sorry Mike, forensic’s right he mouthed “F— you Kabak.”

  72. Dalek Jeter says:

    I guess you don’t crowd Pantston’s plate.

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

    lol Cano.
    Really not worth the risk there, though.

  74. forensic says:

    Ok, guys. No need to make this a close game late. Please finish it off.

  75. Cy Pettitte says:


  76. The Real Greg says:

    So hard to find good LOOGY help these days.

  77. Wheels says:

    Should we be concerned here?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Not yet.

    • forensic says:

      Sure, a little, a single makes it 6-3 which means Robertson and Mo have to pitch in a game they shouldn’t need to. Not to mention how much worse it gets if one gets out of the park or if multiple more guys do somethin.

  78. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Blew it by Voldemort

  79. The Real Greg says:

    Nasty breaking ball to Morales.

  80. forensic says:

    Ok Logan, at least you settled down after the double.

  81. Havok9120 says:

    Have a cookie, Boone.

  82. Dalek Jeter says:

    …and that is why you don’t do Ecstasy and go to the ball park.

  83. Havok9120 says:

    What the heck is that guy doing??

  84. Wheels says:

    Four in a row

  85. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hats off to Hughes. Nighty night.

  86. forensic says:

    Solid first win for the road trip. Would’ve preferred them to not go to sleep against Beavan, but it is what it is.

  87. King George says:

    Kelley is really turning it around. Like him a lot.

  88. Marc says:

    Maybe I’m wrong buttttt my guess is Hughes signs with the ChiSox and Coopee teaches him to throw a split and he becomes a vastly better pitcher than he is now… Why don’t any Yankee pitchers throw splits anymore (besides Hiro)… I’m calling it now, Hughes is learn one, use it and have 2-3 excellent seasons post-yanks.

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