Game 61: Keep It Going

Friday Night Open Thread
Nuno injured in Triple-A loss
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The Yankees have won four straight and they seem to be playing better and better with each passing win. The offense has put together a few big games and the pitching staff has rebounded after hitting the skids for about two weeks, and it doesn’t hurt that the Mariners are close to the total pushover. For whatever reason, the Yankees always seem to hit their midsummer stride whenever they make their first West Coast trip. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Jeremy Bonderman…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  6. LF Vernon Wells
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is a second round pick in the 1996 Nippon Pro Baseball draft, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 10:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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Friday Night Open Thread
Nuno injured in Triple-A loss
  • your mom

    Raul scares me, hope he keeps it in the park. Then again, they’re at Safeco.

  • trr

    I’m more scared of the Wells/Ichiro/Brignac/Stewart quadrille. Hope they contribute tonight…pitching matchup certainly seems in our favor.

    Whaddya say? Lets win this one!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Oh hi Meredith.

    • Pat D

      Huh? Did I miss something?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        No, she’s just lookin’ extra good this evening.

        • Pat D

          Oh, I see. Didn’t catch her tonight.

          • trr

            She of the Croked Smile…..

            • forensic

              And the enormous head…

              And the tendency to yell everything…

              And the terrible questions to ask…

  • Pat D

    Like I said the other night, the dirt rubs off on everyone.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/st.....ing-client

  • Laz

    Can’t sit Wells and play overbay?
    They are gonna light up Bonderman so much, that I’m not even worried about any defense liability.

    • forensic

      “Wellsy hit well for us that first week of the season, so we know it in there and he can do it. He’s hit some balls hard lately, so we just need to stick with him till we can find it again.”

      – Girardi

  • forensic

    Suzyn: “When Bonderman came up, he was a terrific pitcher.”

    Just once, I wish they did the slightest amount of research prior to talking…

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    Gardy rollin

  • Kramerica Industries

    For whatever reason, the Yankees always seem to hit their midsummer stride whenever they make their first West Coast trip.

    This does seem true. West coast swing around Memorial Day in 2011 yielded a 6-3 return (including a series victory in Anaheim; no, seriously).

    They had one around Memorial Day last year, too, through Oakland and Anaheim (and then to Detroit before coming home, I think) which also yielded a 6-3 return.

    They played very well in June in both of those seasons.

  • Eddard

    Well that’s a good start. Should be another good day for the offense.

  • 28 this year

    Had Gardner not been on second, that would have gone right through the short. I can’t remeber the last ground ball tex hit to the 3B

  • forensic

    Well, one is better than none.

  • The Real Greg

    I wonder if the spacious Seattle outfield is the reason why Girardi is not playing Overbay in the outfield

    • Pat D

      Guessing yes. Doesn’t bode well for the rest of this trip, either, though.

      • The Real Greg

        Well waht he can do is DH Tex and play Overbay at first.

        • forensic

          Why would you do that against righties, which means you’re losing Hafner. He hasn’t been hitting great overall, but he’s still a better bet to make an impact than Overbay.

          • The Real Greg

            I meant in general to keep giving Lyle at bats.

            • forensic

              If you’re just doing that, then let Overbay DH and leave Tex at 1B, as he’s much better defensively (unless Tex needs a day for some reason).

              But still, the only person Overbay should be playing ahead of is Wells right now.

  • Wheels

    Prussia?

  • 28 this year

    Right zone today

    • 28 this year

      Tight

  • The Real Greg

    You don’t walk Jason Bay, man

  • forensic

    Heh, pregame Waldman says Morales is clearly their best hitter. Just now, Sterling says Seager is by far their best hitter.

    Fight! Fight!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Man, the Penguins offense in this round was completely akin to what happened to the Yankees offense last October.

    275:15 minutes vs. Boston, and they only scored TWO goals. Holy shit. Inconcievable.

    • Kramerica Industries

      And fucking Leafs.

      I will never forgive that franchise if the Bruins win the Cup. Boston has won enough championships in the past dozen years.

      • The Real Greg

        Meh. The Bruins and the Celtics don’t really bother me. It’s the other 2 that piss me off

        • Kramerica Industries

          It’s the same fans, by and large.

  • Wheels

    The Mariners stink.

  • The Real Greg

    Eh. not so sure about the bunt here

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That is completely awful.

  • trr

    Fer Chrissake Wells!

  • The Real Greg

    What just happened?

  • forensic

    Geez…

    Was that more Brignac’s terrible bunt attempt or Wells’ terrible baserunning?

    With Wells’ terrible hitting and terrible routes in the OF, you almost wonder if he’s got some serious eye issues.

    • The Real Greg

      If the guy is going to try and bunt you over, don’t bother trying to steal the bag. That is stupidity on Wells

      • Winter

        He wasn’t trying to steal. He was trying to get a good jump on the bunt. When Brignac missed it he was hung out to dry.

        • The Real Greg

          That makes it worse. How far was he off the bag?

          • Winter

            Meh, too far is the easy answer. I don’t blame him, though. You don’t want to be thrown out at third on the sacrifice attempt.

            • The Real Greg

              But if he is, the fault goes to the bunter not him. You need to trust your teammates to move you over.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Trusting his teammate is what got him hung up.
                The pitch was pretty much down the middle.
                Brignac bunted at it.
                Wells trusted he could actually make contact with the bunt.
                Wells did get too far off, but that was mostly on Brignac’s incompetence.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        He wasn’t trying to steal.
        He was trying to get a good jump on the bunt.

        • The Real Greg

          Again, that makes it worse. The distance is smaller between him and second base.

          If Brigniac bunts and he is thrown out at third, that’s the hitter’s fault for not putting down a good bunt

          • Winter

            It’s the hitters fault in our eyes, but if you’re the guy on base you want to do everything you can to make sure you advance. You don’t expect Brignac to whiff like he did there.

            • The Real Greg

              I understand that. But I have never seen that play before. Maybe to first but not to second base. There’s a reason for that.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Ichiro was way off on the play as well. If Wells wasn’t off second, he might have been picked off instead.
                Bottom line, Brignac can’t be that incompetent to not even make any contact on that pitch.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Probably more worried about actually getting to third than about who would get assigned the blame if he didn’t.

            • The Real Greg

              It’s not about blame. It’s about trust. Trust Brigniac to put the bunt down so you can get to third.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                That’s exactly what he did.
                Brignac just completely missed the bunt.

      • forensic

        I’m on the radio, so I didn’t know how early he left. It’s not like Sterling gives the best descriptions of anything.

    • trr

      Could it be that simple? Just a pair of contacts? Worth looking into (no pun intended)

  • Eddard

    1st and 2nd no outs and they’ll manage to score zero.

    • The Real Greg

      You should have seen the Mariners and White Sox on Wednesday

  • your mom

    Brignac is useless on offense if he can’t even lay down a damn bunt.

  • SDB

    Trying to bunting with Chris Stewart the next guy up? Yuck.

    It’d be nice if this offense actually backed up Kuroda tonight.

    • trr

      Not quite as bad as bunting with the pitcher up next, but yes questionable strategy

    • forensic

      Don’t get me wrong, Stewart sucks, but Brignac actually sucks worse.

      For the bit that it’s worth, Stewart actually is t-2nd in the lineup in BA and t-4th in OBP. It’s not that terrible a choice given how terrible Brignac is and maybe Stewart gets a flyball for them (which he did).

  • Dela G

    that didnt look like strike 3

  • Eddard

    Brignac must be 7 feet tall if that’s a strike.

    • your mom

      Doesn’t matter on the 3rd strike, dickwad needs to provide something on offense once in a while.

  • Mick taylor

    This Reid brickbat is horrible. Yanks need an upgrade at short. Should have kept the clorado dude bros.

    • Winter

      You mean Chris Nelson? Because he was a 3B, not a SS.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      You mean the guy who’s started all of 2 games at SS in his MLB career?
      I’m guessing they didn’t consider him a SS.

    • trr

      I’d love an upgrade at SS; I’d also like a million bucks.
      Both equally unlikely, unfortunately

  • Mick taylor

    Sorrymeant Colorado dude Chris something.

    • trr

      Didn’t you play for the Stones?

      • Pat D

        He refuses to answer this question. I have asked him repeatedly.

  • The Real Greg

    Figures the day Wang ops out of his contract is the day that Nuno gets injured.

    • trr

      Mmm-hmm
      Is there an update on his injury?

    • your mom

      It’s okay we got Brett Marshall…..

  • The Real Greg

    I’m this close to getting on the cut Wells bandwagon

    • Winter

      Defensive catcher outfielder!

  • trr

    Christ , Wells DOES need glasses

    • SDB

      As does Sterling, who was raving about “a PHENOMENAL CATCH FROM WELLS! And the ball pops out of his glove…”

      • Dalek Jeter

        I swear this is far and away Sterling’s worst year. Apart from the usual histrionics and stories about esoteric off off broadway stars from when Suzyn was young and 5 points was cobblestone, some of the calls this year I have had straight up no idea what was going on on the field. First it’s a line drive foul down the right field line, then halfway through the call it’s a homer deep down the left field line, then halfway through that call the LF camps under it in Left Center.

        • forensic

          He’ll be 75 in less than a month. Time to hang up the mic…

          • Dalek Jeter

            He should at least let somebody else keep his scorebook. If I had a dollar for everytime he straight up said after blowing a call “I was looking down at my score card.” I’d be able to retire. Get an earpiece and have a fucking intern keep your scorecard and have him read it off to you when you need that a guy fouled out his last time up or whatever.

          • vicki

            no way. i’m psyched for future homerun calls. like “eric jags it!”

  • Wheels

    Yup.

  • forensic

    I liked last night’s 3rd inning better. :-)

  • The Real Greg

    Never assume that this offense will light up any pitcher. Good or bad.

  • Dalek Jeter

    In my Fantasy League come Monday I will have Stanton, Bruce, and Puig for RF…I feel like I should be able to get a good pitcher out of somebody for at least one of them…obviously Giancarlo is off the table.

    • SDB

      Nice. My only issue with Giancarlo is how many runs he’ll be able to drive in, with the Marlins’ god-awful lineup, and how often teams will pitch around him.

      Not complaining about my fantasy outfield of Bourn, Trumbo and Torii Hunter right now though (with Bryce on the DL).

      • Dalek Jeter

        It is a concern, which is why I might try moving Puig. Bruce can drive in runs out of a Util spot for me, along with CarGo who is just bitchslapping the NL right now, and Pronk.

  • Nick

    in the immortal words of Lord Robert Arryn, “Make the bad man fly!”. that means you Stewart

    • The Real Greg

      AS much as Stewart has been bad, that was a wild pitch.

      • Dalek Jeter

        And he lazily tried to pick it with a backhand instead of putting his body in front of the ball.

        • The Real Greg

          Noted. But ruled a wild pitch nonetheless.

          • Dalek Jeter

            If a runner is caught by the pitcher going to second it counts as a caught stealing instead of a pick-off. Scoring in baseball isn’t the end all, be all.

            • The Real Greg

              Next year when for some reason you need to remember this game, you look the score and see a WP.

              • Dalek Jeter

                That just proves my point that scoring is arbitrary and relatively flawed. And furthers my underlying point that as a glove-firstONLY catcher Stewart is about as valuable as having Jose Molina as a pinch runner right now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gotta love how our defensive miracle catcher doesn’t do the rule 1 of catching…you know, put your body in front of the ball. And for all those that knock Robbie for not hustling on routine grounders…check out that Stewart Hustle on that wild pitch with a runner on base.

  • The Real Greg

    50 pitches through the first two innings for Bonderman.
    17 pitches through the next two innings.

    Your offense, ladies and gentlemen

  • SDB

    Ugh. That inning was painful.

    Meanwhile, heck of a pitching duel going on in the DBacks/Giants game.

  • Dela G

    great job by cano there, getting back to throw him out

  • The Real Greg

    Oh Gardner….

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow. That was…just terrible by Gardner. He had no idea where that ball was going.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Kuroda giving up all these hits with two outs.

    As long as they are scattered at bases empty hits, it’s not the worst thing in the world.

  • Dela G

    That outside corner to right handers has disappeared for hirok

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lot of long counts for Kuroda tonight. This is nowhere near his sharpest, that’s for sure.

  • The Real Greg

    Danger time for Kuroda, who has looked a bit shaky the last two starts including this one. At least in “Ace” levels.

  • Pat D

    Not getting that warm and fuzzy feeling right now.

  • forensic

    Ok, Kuroda, you’ve stalled long enough. How about you get the 3rd out this time?

  • The Real Greg

    FAILURE KURODA

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gotta love that cannon Ichiro has…*rolls eyes*

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    da fuck was that Ichiro

  • SDB

    Ugh. This is going south quickly.

  • rw

    ugh

  • forensic

    Ugh…

    Brendan Ryan of all people…

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow, is that gun hot? I’ve never seen 95 out of Kuroda.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That was…incredibly unfortunate.

  • Pat D

    Oh, JFC. J. F. C.

  • BigBlueAL

    Ichiro has to catch that in the air.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Just our godamn luck.

  • The Real Greg

    Let’s face it we have no ace.

    • Pat D

      Your mom has no ace.

      • your mom

        What he said.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      A sub-3.00 ERA in the AL East is definitely not ace-like.

      • The Real Greg

        It’s the F***ing Mariners. He walked a guy who is hitting .198

        If you get outpitched by Phil Hughes in any series, that lowers your street cred.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Aces never have bad games, right?

          • The Real Greg

            If CC is going to be judged on that level, then Kuroda must be as well.

            • The Real Greg

              And CC has been judged on that level IN THIS FORUM.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              So some people being stupid entitles you to be stupid?

              Got it.

              • The Real Greg

                When in Rome…

                • Pat D

                  Greg, I’m pretty nice to you, but you’re often one of the ringleaders of the stupid around here.

                  Usually when you make ridiculous blanket statements such as in this particular nest of comments.

        • Pat D

          That’s just a dumb thing to say.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Kuroda didn’t get it done today. It happens. It may even happen again at some point. Do you think at all about what you post?

          • The Real Greg

            Again, I have seen CC judged the exact same way. By others on this forum.

            So we have to be fair, I would think.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    WTF?
    3rd out please, HIROK

  • Pat D

    I hate to steal Greg’s shtick, but I’m calling this game a reverse lock.

    • BigBlueAL

      Hope Sunday is a reverse lock too.

      • Pat D

        But Teh Felix!!!!!!!

    • forensic

      They should still be able to hit Bonderman.

      Of course, they also should’ve been able to hit him better in the first four innings too.

  • Kramerica Industries

    What a fucking disaster for an inning.

  • SDB

    Time to ask Adam Warren to warm up?

  • forensic

    This sucks.

  • Kramerica Industries

    All of that bullshit started with the bases empty and two outs.

    Doesn’t get much more infuriating than that.

  • Wheels

    Brutal.

  • Pat D

    OK, that Subway commercial angers the shit out of me.

    How much have they been paid off by the avocado lobby???

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Now the heavily taxed Mariner’s bullpen will become magically rejuvenated and throw up a bunch of 0’s.

  • Pat D

    Fuck your arrows, Rodney.

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      Doesn’t bother me if its against the Orioles or Sox. Any other time… yeah.

      • Pat D

        Fuck him.

  • Kevin

    Kinda like how the only team Matt Harvey can’t beat is the Miami Marlins.

  • JohnnyC

    Being realistic, expect a 5-5 West Coast trip. Be glad if we squeak out a 6-4 trip. This ain’t the ’98 Yankees.

    • Pat D

      Bernie Williams is not walking through that door.

      Paul O’Neill is not walking through that door.

      Derek Jeter is not walking through that door.

  • your mom

    What’s everyone complaining about? Our offense can come back……if this were 2009.

    • The Real Greg

      Man, the second half of that year was the one real time I felt almost at ease with the Yankees.

      • Pat D

        I keep telling you that you need to calm down and back off this constant living and dying with the team.

        WHY WON’T YOU LISTEN TO ME???

        • The Real Greg

          That doesn’t really happen to me now.

          Now, it’s more about should I use my time here or should I use my time there.

          • Pat D

            But your statement about feeling “at ease” with the team implies that their performance has an impact on your mental well-being.

            • The Real Greg

              Well it really did then. It kind of does now, but it is less about my emotional feelings and is more clinical. It’s kind of like “I wasted 3 hours watching that?”

              • Pat D

                Yea, but technically you could say that watching ANY game for 3 hours is a waste of time, regardless of outcome.

                I just don’t want you to get too worked up over times when they play like shit because that’s the first step towards an early grave.

                Or maybe the third step after bad diet and lack of exercise.

                • The Real Greg

                  Well I feel alot more clinical about it.

                  I used to cry a lot over losses. Now I just grumble.

                  • Pat D

                    I’ll consider that progress.

      • forensic

        As long as your expectations aren’t too high…

  • JohnnyC

    Jeremy Bonderman, eh?

    • Dalek Jeter

      This is what pisses me off. Bonderman. He was good for like 6 months half a decade ago. Fuck Greg’s rationale about Kuroda having a bad game…this is his first bad games since like Mid September. Not being able to score more than 1 run off of Jeremy Fucking Bonderman is what makes this terrible so far.

      • forensic

        It agree, it’s pitiful that they’re not hitting Bonderman, but saying this is Kuroda’s first bad game since September is stretching it quite a bit.

        He’s entitled to bad games periodically, as everyone is. It just sucks that with him, it seems like it’s an auto-loss because the offense typically doesn’t do much for him.

        Assuming this one counts as bad (we don’t know how he’ll finish, but his baserunners and pitch count don’t seem to have a chance to make it good), this would arguably be his 5th bad game of the year. The team is 1-3 in the first four, and obviously trailing so far tonight.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Yeah the line about his first bad game since last september is absolute hyperbole…not taking into account his 2 (really) bad starts this season.

      • your mom

        Kuroda had a shit game not too long ago. Like 3 starts ago.

        • The Real Greg

          His start against the Red Sox wasn’t really good either. It was okay, but he wasn’t really sharp.

  • your mom

    Thank god we don’t face king felix tomorrow.

    • forensic

      Nope, they just face him on Sunday instead…

  • Kevin

    I could point out that even though we won 95 games last year,I can recall so many games where we had bases loaded and couldn’t score, or got a lead off double and couldn’t score.
    The only difference was last year we beat up on the teams we were supposed to beat up on,not so much this year.

    • The Real Greg

      It seems that this year, they have been better with RISP. The problem is that they can’t get anybody into scoring position.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        They’ve been worse with RISP this year.

        • The Real Greg

          Really? Maybe it doesn’t feel that way because they’ve gotten lesser men into scoring position.

      • forensic

        Wrong.

        This year with RISP: .251/.333/.401
        Last year with RISP: .256/.352/.436

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Warren up?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Four innings to score four runs off this bum.

  • Dalek Jeter

    http://i.imgur.com/eX8oGN1.jpg

    smile everybody. It’s only baseball.

    • Pat D

      That definitely made me smile.

    • The Real Greg

      Damn, where has his career gone?

      Saw “Signs” in the theater. Scared the crap out of me.

      • Dalek Jeter

        His twist gimmick got real old real quick.

        • The Real Greg

          You know I wondered what it would be like if “After Earth” failed and the critics heaped praise on Jalen but shellacked Will. How does a father feel in that situation?

          • Dalek Jeter

            Well…at least part of that scenario is true, in that After Earth is flopping harder than The Last Airbender did.

            • The Real Greg

              Yeah, I had my thought before the sinking.

              Unfortunately the other part didn’t come to fruition.

          • Pat D

            I found out the other day that Will Smith wrote the story for the movie.

            So this was a complete pet project of nepotism. He’d probably take that outcome over critics ripping his son.

            But pretty much every critical review I’ve read of it was shit, so…

        • Pat D

          He got real lucky with The Sixth Sense, which doesn’t hold up as well upon repeated viewings.

          But the whole “What a Twist!” gimmick did get old, especially with how dumb the twists were in both Signs and The Village.

          Since then he’s just been shit. It pretty much proves he didn’t have it to begin with.

  • ArchStanton

    Good at bat Cano.

  • Pat D

    Well, listening to “Charging Fort Wagner” from the Glory soundtrack isn’t helping them hit.

    What should I try next? Movie scores only.

    • The Real Greg

      Main theme from “Patton” always gets me going.

      • Pat D

        The problem with the piece I was listening to is that it’s actually very depressing when used in the movie, and that I also closely associate it with The Professional since it was used in the trailers for that movie.

        • The Real Greg

          Oh you know what soundtrack is great?

          Backdraft. And then they used the music for the Japanese Iron Chef (the original). That is great music from Hans Zimmer, I believe.

          • Pat D

            I don’t recall the music from Backdraft. I’ll have to go check it out.

  • WhittakerWalt

    WTF with this game.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    That was 96 pitches, are they going to pull Cy Bonderman next inning?

  • BigBlueAL

    Anytime I begin to feel good about this offense they knock me back to reality with a performance like tonight lol.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Hey remember when we were running up Bonderman’s pitch count? That was nice.

    • forensic

      Yeah, too bad you have to go all the way back to 2nd inning for that. Since then, his pitch counts are a sad 11, 6, 15, 15.

      So, if you’re counting, that’s 50 pitches in the first 2 innings and only 47 in the last 4.

      • The Real Greg

        That’s telling it like it is.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I hate to give props to Troll, but he’s absolutely right. We have stretches early in games where we run up the pitch count, then suddenly it’s 6 pitch inning here, 10 pitch inning there, and a shitty pitcher sticks around longer than he should have.

        • The Real Greg

          But to be fair I’ve seen that past this year. I’ve seen it in other Yankee years.

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      Remember when we hit balls past the infield?

  • JohnnyC

    Remember this is Yoervis not mine. And welcome to him.

  • SDB

    On the ESPN twitter:

    “Just in case it happens tonight, Jeremy Bonderman’s last win was Sept. 8, 2010″

    Yuck.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Shut up, Waldman. Bonderman didn’t pitch “tremendous baseball,” he pitched against this Yankees team.
    You too, Sterling. “Bonderman pitched GREAT. Not good, GREAT.”

  • JohnnyC

    They all say that “all the injuries” is not an excuse. Yet they play like it is.

    • The Real Greg

      Well it is. No matter what they say, the injuries do affect teams.

      • JohnnyC

        It doesn’t mean they can just give up at bats like they do without putting up a fight. There is no excuse for continually swinging at the first strike you see. They are next to last in the league in pitches per PA.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          It’s maddening. I can understand if that’s the game plan, go after a guy who’s pounding the zone, but our guys have no patience whatsoever.

          • JohnnyC

            The last time the Yankees ranked that low in pitches per PA was…wait for it…1991. Oh Mel Hall we hardly knew ye.

            • Rolling Doughnut

              Mel Hall Hall hit 15 HR, 81 RBI’s 163 hits. But he’s not available. He’s in prison in TX

              • JohnnyC

                His pet ocelot with him?

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

      But they then don’t use it as an excuse. Kind of what they mean.

      (I’m annoyed too, all right? Don’t judge me.)

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

    Firefly: After 5 episodes, probably my second favorite show after “Sherlock”.

    This show kicks ASS. SO looking forward to Serenity when I finish the series.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s a great show. I keep hoping Netflix makes new episodes.

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

        I think I’m going to join the legions of geeks fans who start lobbying for it to be returned to the air, or for a sequel movie to be made.

        • WhittakerWalt

          From what I can gather, everyone who’s ever been involved with the show is on board if they want to make more episodes.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sox PPD, O’s lose and Yankees have a chance to gain some ground on both with their best pitcher on the mound against Jeremy fucking Bonderman and no one shows up. How surprising (it’s actually not very surprising)

    • WhittakerWalt

      Fuck him and his shitty latticework tattoos.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Wells last year: 230/279/403
    Wells this year: 237/283/409

    That magical Yankee rejuvenation sure wore off quickly.

    • forensic

      Entering tonight, he’s hitting .225/.259/.374 since the first week of the season.

      I remember when everyone said I was nuts for noting that several weeks ago. That line even includes his big series’ against the Jays.

      • JohnnyC

        Cashman turns back into a pumpkin. It was too good to last. Yanks got taken again. It’s “only” 12 million in 2013. Only, ha!

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        We said you were nuts because you compared him to Ichiro, who’s been close to worthless.

        • forensic

          Ichiro’s been one of their better hitters the last couple of weeks, well over .300 (no, he’s not patient or powerful, but the BA alone makes him better than several other guys production).

          And since the first week or so of the season, he’s been better than Wells, even counting in OPS and including Wells’ power.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And he moved into a much better hitter’s park. It was a bad and desperate move to begin win and this is no surprise.

  • forensic

    12.2 innings against Beavan (who was so terrible and couldn’t stick in the Majors, then put up a nearly 5 ERA in the Minors) and Bonderman (who before earlier this week hadn’t pitched in the Majors since 2010) and the Yankees have 1 run on 3 singles and 1 double.

    That’s annoying.

    • The Real Greg

      Thank heavens for Aaron Harang.

    • BigBlueAL

      Its the way this offense is unfortunately. Wont get any better until Grandy returns and if Jeter/Arod ever return.

      Also would help if Cano remembered how to hit again.

  • The Real Greg

    And that’s the team we get next. Have fun in Oakland guys (meaning the team not you guys)

  • JohnnyC

    Look who’s on the field. With Wells slumping badly, Brignac at SS, Ichiro a punch and judy hitter, Stewart behind the plate, and no bench to speak of…honestly, this is a bad ballclub with a very good but not great pitching staff.

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

      We also have Cano, Tex, Youk, Gardy (let’s not forget that he’s a good player), a very good starting pitching staff, and a kickass bullpen.

      We’re a good ballclub. Also, a pitching staff isn’t separate from a ballclub anyway.

      • JohnnyC

        Go on with your bad self brother.

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

          You, sir, can take pride in the fact that you are an enigma.

    • Wheels

      Down three runs, and you’re freaking.

      • JohnnyC

        You related to Guns?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Way to go Stewie

    • JohnnyC

      To be fair Stewart’s not an everyday player. To be fair he shouldn’t be playing more than once or twice a week. To be fair they should DFA him. I’m sick of watching him play like a drunken stooge behind the plate and on the bases.

  • your mom

    I got tonights game recap headline: “Yanks go down like wimps vs Bonderman & the M’s.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      More like Yanks go down on Bonderman & the M’s.

      • your mom

        Doubt Mike would go for that.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          He could say later it was a typo.

  • The Real Greg

    We need the Judge

  • stuart a

    who’s production is worse Youkilis or Wells? Youkilis hits like a slap hitting SS.

    this lineup is awful…a few big innings the last few days else zilch.. again who has a longer sswing Brignac or Boesch? propeller awful swings….

    • Winter

      Wells by far. Youkilis has been bad since coming off the DL. Wells has been atrocious.

      • forensic

        Youkilis has been very disappointing for much of the season though. Obviously the injury, which seemed to go on forever, but even his play, which also hasn’t been very good. Since the middle of April all three of his triple-slash-line stats are in the .100’s. Hopefully he’ll find something soon to get going in the right direction. He’s getting closer and closer to his numbers with the Red Sox from last season everyday.

        Since about the first week of the season, Wells’ triple-slash is sadly actually better than Youkilis’. At least Youk has the injury as an excuse though.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Shocking that you’d post on a night when they are losing….Yet I can’t remember seeing you on any of the past 4 game threads…..

  • Dalek Jeter

    So…I’m on my college’s newspaper now as the Copy Editor, basically an article is written, it goes through section editors then comes to me to be edited a second time for style, and content…the Editor In Chief is a freshman going into sophomore year after blowing away the old editorial board with his enthusiasm and apparent talent…I’m reading a review he wrote for The Purge…it’s terrible. I have no idea how to tell him, because technically he’s my boss on the paper.

    • Pat D
      • Dalek Jeter

        That’s exactly what I felt as I was reading this. He used the term “huge houses” twice in the same sentence, separated by like 2 words. I know that doesn’t sound terrible but…it’s like 4th grade writing.

        • Pat D

          I’d try to tell him constructively.

          If he doesn’t accept it……well, can he fire you?

          • Dalek Jeter

            technically he could. I doubt he would though.

            • Pat D

              Then the next thing to say is, “I’ve never, ever, ever, ever met someone I believe in as little as you.”

  • Kramerica Industries

    So much for that AB. Damn.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Jeez Robbie.

  • BigBlueAL

    When was the last time Cano was hitting as low as .276 in June?? 2008??

    • Winter

      After June 3 last year, Cano was batting .284

      AFter June 9 in 2011, Cano was batting .273

      • BigBlueAL

        I was thinking maybe 2010.

        • BigBlueAL

          I meant to say 2010 in the initial comment. 2008 was his 1 bad season after his rookie year but I remembered a season recently that he was struggling a bit into June. Looking it up it was indeed 2011.

    • forensic

      He was actually hitting .273/313/.502 after the game on June 9th of 2011.

      • BigBlueAL

        I remembered 1 recent season where he was “struggling” this deep into the season. I thought it was maybe 2010.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yes because he had a terrible April, he hit .150 This year he was .327 in April and .257 in May with almost the same number of AB each month. I don’t think he has ever had a month to month drop like that before.

      • forensic

        That’s a 70 point drop. He also had a 70 point drop from April to May in 2011 (.320 to .250).

  • stuart a

    another post and since they are losing it is untrue of course. Cano gets a pass as this superstar player.. superstar under 200 against lefties. bad year last year against lefties. hit over 100 rbi’s how many times in his career?

    guy is 30, a undisciplined hitter, yep give him a 10 year deal for $200 mill, they will get a good ROI on that joke of a contract…

    i let him walk..give him 5 years for insane money(that is a gift) if it is not enough, nice seeing you. Ooops blasphemy by me, I am not saying RObbie is a superstar. the reason I say it is becasue he is not a superstar, his best days have to be in the rear view mirror, and paying for past production is stupid…..

    Cano a superstar that is funny……….

    • Pat D

      I’d just like to say that I highly value your appearances around here.

      Every time you post, I feel a bit better about myself when I realize that I can’t possibly be the dumbest person alive.

      • stuart a

        wow Pat.. Inciteful comment you friggin moron…

        • Pat D

          Well at least I don’t waste time posting the same shit in three to five consecutive posts like you do.

          Also, I didn’t just misspell “insightful.”

          So thank you for proving my point!

          Oh, and by the way, what I said WAS “insightful” because it revealed the insight into my thinking. Which of course means your posts are “insightful” as well.

          But they’re still the childish whining of a one-track mind.

          • forensic

            Maybe he thought you were trying to “incite” a fight. ;-)

      • Dalek Jeter

        This, Pat, was wonderful.

    • Winter

      What is your definition of superstar? Over the last five seasons (so 2009-2013), Cano has more WAR than all but 4 other players. That’s right, since 2009 only Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, Joey Votto and Ryan Braun have been better than Cano. And Braun is only ahead by less than 0.1 WAR.

      Don’t like WAR? Let’s look at traditional statistics. Over the same time period, Cano has the 6th best batting average (.311) after Cabrera, Joe Mauer, Votto, Braun and Buster Posey. Like home runs? Cano drops all the way down to… 10th in HR over the last five years. RBIs? He’s 7th. SLG? 12th. OPS? Also 12th.

      So if you go by WAR (which you really should), Cano has been one of the top five players over the last five years. If you ignore WAR, he’s still top 10. If that’s not a “superstar” I don’t know what is.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I’m pretty sure stuart doesn’t use WAR when he’s coming up with the definition of superstar. Because stuart is an idiot. An idiot who only posts when the Yankees are losing.

  • stuart a

    the yankee announcers may look at canos stats and get real but it will probably take about 2 years…

    cano a superstar,,, Funny…..

  • stuart a

    Cano with 100 rbi’s in a season twice in his career. I know RBI’s are a bad stat because of the luck eliminate etc..

    94 rbi’s for the superstar last year…..

    30 + , buy high at your own peril. does arods deal ring a bell???

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      because of the luck eliminate….?????

      • stuart a

        miguel cabrera is 1 lucky dude when he is up at bat with RISP.

        intersting how certain guys get lucky every year and others are so unlucky. I guess Swisher is just unlucky with RISP, that is what it was in the playoffs over 4 seasons just bad luck..

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          yeah, that’s the point……

          • WhittakerWalt

            The last thing I want to do is lend any credence to one of stuart’s inane rants, but…
            I don’t think any of us can say that luck is the only thing separating Swisher’s production from Miguel Cabrera’s production.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Is it lack of spellcheck, or are you just mentally challenged? I’m not even going to address the lack of substance in your posts, I just want to know why you can’t spell anything right and what’s with all the extra periods?

  • stuart a

    never thought they would miss Grandy so much but they do..

    ichiro stinks, wells stinks, and youkilis is doing nothing and he is hitting for no power.. 6 or so extra base hits in over 30 games…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      ike davis has more rbis……
      punch and judy hitter….

      • forensic

        I just took over a fantasy team and it actually has Ike Davis on it. Do you think I could trade him to Stuart even though he’s not in the league?

        • Winter

          I’ve heard if you say “stuart a” three times on your league message board he magically takes over a team.

          • Pat D

            Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle…

    • WhittakerWalt

      So you actually do understand what XBH are? And are still unimpressed that our 2nd baseman led the league in XBH last season?

  • Wheels

    Nice hit Youk.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I have to rub my eyes when I look at Wells’s OBP. .283! That’s a disgrace.

  • Winter

    I do not have a good feeling with Wells facing Wilhelmsen. Not at all.

  • forensic

    Who else thinks Youk just ruined a nice line Mike had set-up for the recap saying the 2-6 hitters went 0-18, and you can’t win like that?

    Maybe he’ll still use it at 1-18 anyway.

    • forensic

      1-19…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      You know me too well.

      • forensic

        Nice, still good stuff though.

    • WhittakerWalt

      More like “you can’t let Jeremy Bonderman off the hook when he’s at 50 pitches after two innings, and you can’t be walking Nick Franklin and Kelly Shoppach to load the bases with two outs, and you can’t be giving up 2-run hits to Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay. That’s no way to win.”

  • JohnnyC

    We go for the series split tomorrow with Pettitte on the mound. Good luck guys.

    • Winter

      Never write off a game. I know Felix is pitching, but we won the last time he was on the mound against us. The last game people wrote off was the Harvey game, and we were a Mo save away from winning that.

      • JohnnyC

        Hate to tell you this but Joe Saunders is 10-1 lifetime at Safeco, including 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA this season. He may be tougher to beat than Felix. You can’t predict baseball but sometimes…you can.